SiriusXM Moves To Reduce Claims In Flo And Eddie Florida Suit
November 18, 2013 at 4:00 AM (PT)
SIRIUSXM has moved to cut back FLO AND EDDIE's lawsuit in FLORIDA court, telling the court that the performers' $100 million proposed class action over nonpayment of royalties for playing pre-1972 recordings should be reduced because FLORIDA state law does not include public performance rights, reports LAW360.com.
The motion says that the suit by HOWARD KAYLAN and MARK VOLMAN would "dramatically expand FLORIDA law and unravel a century of contrary understandings between the music and broadcasting industries.”
Federal law does not protect the older songs but some states do extend ownership of the copyrights for those compositions, prompting the suits in CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, and FLORIDA. A similar partial motion to dismiss has been filed in the NEW YORK case.