Major Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Songs
April 21, 2014

Late last week, the RIAA filed a lawsuit against Pandora on behalf of Sony Music, UMG, Warner Music and ABKCO; claiming the popular streaming service is underpaying royalties on pre-1972 recordings. It follows a similar lawsuit filed last fall against SiriusXM.

In its announcement of the suit, the RIAA notes that "through a quirk of history," federal copyright law did not protect sound recordings until 1972. Recordings made before 1972 are protected by laws in New York and other states. The RIAA says that while pre-1972 music is among the most popular heard on Pandora, "the company refuses to compensate artists and record labels for the use of those iconic recordings." Additionally, "SoundExchange estimates that the failure of these services to pay for their use of pre-1972 recordings deprives artists and labels of tens of millions of dollars every year - a number that will only increase as these services become more popular."

According to the suit, "Pandora's refusal to pay Plaintiffs for its use of [Pre-72] recordings is fundamentally unfair. Pandora's conduct also is unfair to the recording artists and musicians whose performances are embodied in Pre-72 Recordings, but who do not get paid for Pandora's exploitation of Pre-72 Recordings. It is also unfair to other businesses that compete with Pandora but obtain licenses and pay for the right to stream Plaintiffs' Pre-72 Recordings to the public, while Pandora does not. As a result, Pandora deprives Plaintiffs and their artists of compensation, while profiting enormously from and gaining an unfair advantage over others who do pay to copy and publicly perform Plaintiffs' Pre-72 Recordings."

The RIAA announcement also included quotes from Steve Cropper, Sam Moore, Dionne Warwick and Buddy Holly's widow Maria Elena Holly.

A spokesperson for Pandora told the New York Times that the company is confident in its legal position in the matter, and looks forward to a quick resolution.




 
Breaking News
Delilah To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall Of Fame
Interscope Records Continues to Roll in 2016
Liz Morentin Named Executive VP/Comms and Media At Warner Bros Records
December 2, 2016
CBS Radio Elevates Tracy Brandys To SVP/Market Manager & Director/Sales, Baltimore
WKST/Pittsburgh's Stuff A Bus Fills 57 Buses With Toys For Toys For Tots
Dan Dalton and Roc Nation Form Management Partnership
December 1, 2016
iHeartMedia Launches On-Demand Streaming Services
105.1 The Bounce/Detroit Announces On-Air Lineup
November 30, 2016
Alpha Media Names Ronnie Stanton VP/Programming
WNFZ/Knoxville Helping Fire Victims
November 29, 2016
Warner Music Group Names Ole Obermann Chief Digital Officer & EVP/Business Development
iHeartMedia Names Bob Neumann SVP/Programming For Savannah/Hilton Head
Nina L. Diaz Elevated To Head Of Unscripted For MTV & VH1
Broadcasters Foundation Of America To Honor Cox Media Group’s Bill Hoffman
November 28, 2016
Tony Martell, Founder of TJ Martell Foundation Passes Away at Age 90
Dayton Kane Appointed PD Of WOGB & WKRU/Green Bay
SportsRadio 94WIP, Phillies Extend Broadcast Rights Agreement
November 23, 2016
Pierre Robert Celebrates 35 Years at WMMR/Philadelphia
iHeartMedia Launches "Rewind 92.1" in Madison, WI
Kara Leigh to join The Tad & Melissa Show On Atlanta's B98.5
KDND-FM Morning Show To Collect Toys for Sierra Forever Families
November 22, 2016
iHeartMedia Names Derrick "DC" Cole SVP/Programming For Wilmington, DE
James Corden Named Host Of 59th Annual Grammy Awards
Music News
The Weeknd's Starboy Rises to the Top
FMQB Retro-Active: Ken Sharp Revisits the Iconic Album Pet Sounds, and Delves Into New Music with Joyous Wolf
Quick Hits: Justin Bieber, Guns N' Roses, Carolina Rebellion & Welcome to Rockville, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest
Prince Documentary, Celebration on the Way in 2017
Quick Hits: Alessia Cara, Lady Gaga, Dead & Company
Quick Hits: J. Cole, Bon Jovi, Grouplove, Kid Cudi, ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
Metallica Earn Sixth #1 Album on Billboard 200
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Rock On The Range, Kelly Clarkson
Quick Hits: Grammy Hall Of Fame, Soul Train Awards, Guns N' Roses
Justin Bieber and Drake Top 2016 American Music Awards
Quick Hits: Bruno Mars, Adele, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper
Quick Hits: Kanye West, The Weeknd, Coldplay
Soul Singer Sharon Jones Dead at 60
Quick Hits: A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Kesha
Quick Hits: Green Day, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi
FMQB NOW

Ross Mahoney, PD
KXTE, Las Vegas



Question Of
The Week

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!