With many of our readers taking time off over the
end-of-year period, you may have missed intellectual property
stories that broke during that time. We round up some of the
most interesting ones below.
New York issues pre-1972 sound recordings ruling
SiriusXM was given a big win on December 20 by a New York
appeals court in a case brought by Flo & Eddie of 1960s
band The Turtles,
according to The Hollywood Reporter. The court ruled New
York’s common law does not protect public
performance of pre-1972 sound recordings.
Flo & Eddie of The Turtles filed
litigation under state laws in New York, California and
Florida, alleging SiriusXM needed their authorisation to play
their songs. Sound recordings after February 15 1972 are
protected under federal copyright law but songs before that
date are not.
"But in 2014, Flo & Eddie scored a massive victory in
California before gaining...
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