Sirius sued over not paying royalties on pre-1972 songs

The golden oldies were not covered by federal copyright law

Sirius XM Radio Inc. has not been paying for its golden oldies and has ruffled the feathers of SoundExchange Inc., a non-profit subsidiary of the Recording Industry Association of America responsible for collecting royalties from digital music services.

Satellite-radio company Sirius is allegedly refusing to pay performance royalties for any recordings made before 1972, because up until that year sound recordings were not protected by federal copyright law. The only protection these songs have are under various state laws.

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