Following the recent lawsuits against SiriusXM by Flo & Eddie of The Turtles and SoundExchange over unpaid royalties on songs from pre-1972, the major labels and the RIAA have filed a similar suit. Universal Music Group, Sony Music and Warner Music Group are all a part of a suit, claiming SiriusXM is unauthorized to use songs recorded before 1972.
According to the RIAA and the labels, SiriusXM is not compensating artists for their pre-1972 songs, and while federal copyright law protects post-1972 tunes, California state law recognizes pre-1972 copyrights.
In a statement, the RIAA said that SiriusXM's "self-serving decision means that it pays a band like the Four Tops when it uses the 1973 hit, 'Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)' but not when it broadcasts the group's iconic songs from the 60's like 'Baby I Need Your Loving,' and 'Sugar Pie Honey Bunch.'"
The suit is seeking unspecified damages from the satcaster.