Judge Certifies Class Action In The Turtles' Lawsuit Against SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Artist Royalties
May 28, 2015 at 4:10 AM (PT)
THE TURTLES' lawsuit against SIRIUSXM over pre-1972 music royalties will proceed as a class action, a judge ruled WEDNESDAY (5/28).
REUTERS reports that U.S. District Judge PHILIP GUTIERREZ certified the class of artists of songs released before 1972 in the case that is based on CALIFORNIA law that the judge previously ruled made SIRIUSXM potentially liable for copyright infringement for airing the songs without paying royalties to the artists. GUITIERREZ' ruling allows other artists to potentially benefit from the suit as members of the affected class. THE TURTLES -- MARK VOLMAN and HOWARD KAYLAN, also known as FLO AND EDDIE -- have also sued the satellite company in NEW YORK and FLORIDA under state law for the alleged copyright infringements.