Georgia Court Rules In iHeartMedia's Favor In Pre-1972 Music Copyright Case
March 20, 2017 at 1:48 PM (PT)
A GEORGIA court has ruled in favor of iHEARTMEDIA over music copyright owners ARTHUR and BARBARA SHERIDAN in the SHERIDAN's suit over pre-1972 copyright royalty claims.
The SHERIDANS, ILLINOIS residents and the owners of master recordings of several pre-1972 songs by THE FLAMINGOS, THE MOONGLOWS, T-BONE WALKER, JIMMY REED, and others, cited GEORGIA RICO laws and a law banning transfer of sound recordings without the owner's consent as the bases for their suit, but the MACON TELEGRAPH reports that the GEORGIA Supreme Court unanimously ruled that iHEARTRADIO streaming is a related use to radio broadcast, noting that the user experience is virtually the same and no copy of the songs is left on the user's device.
The SHERIDANS have filed similar suits against iHEARTMEDIA in U.S District Court in the Central District of CALIFORNIA and against SIRIUSXM RADIO and PANDORA MEDIA in NEW YORK, and all three companies in ILLINOIS and NEW JERSEY.