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Monday, January 19, 2015

Another Setback For SiriusXM in Copyright Case


On Thursday a federal judge rejected SiriusXM's request to reconsider the decision she made in November that favored members of The Turtles over the payment of royalties for songs made before 1972. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon rejected Sirius' argument that Flo & Eddie did not own copyrights in The Turtles' recordings such as "Happy Together," or gave it an "implied" license to play Turtles songs. She did agree with SiriusXM that Flo & Eddie could recover damages for copyright infringement only for the three years before it sued in 2013, not six years. The band members have filed lawsuits in New York, California and Florida, and are asking for more than $100 million from SiriusXM. In September, a federal judge in California found Sirius liable for infringements under that state's laws.

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