Music industry piles on Pandora, files new class action on heels of SiriusXM victory

It’s gold rush time out there for music industry lawyers, who racked up a major court victory recently against SiriusXM, and have now doubled down with a similar lawsuit against digital radio service Pandora. The latest legal action came as the 1960’s duo Flo and Eddie — who performed hits like “It Ain’t Me Babe” with The Turtles — filed a fresh class action complaint in Los Angeles federal court, demanding that Pandora should pay more for playing pre-1972 sound recordings. The legal details are mind-numbing but, broadly stated, the cases turn on a novel legal theory based on state copyright laws — laws that, in the view of many people, were superseded by 1972 updates to the federal Copyright Act.

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