California judge sides with artists.

gavel-siriusxmUntil recently, recordings made prior to 1972 were considered exempt from rights payments, but all that is changing quickly. The latest round goes to the artists – again – as California State Judge Mary Strobel has ruled that California law “must be interpreted to recognize public performance rights in pre-1972 sound recordings.” RIAA CEO Cary Sherman exulted, “Two courts have now handed down landmark decision which confirm what should be obvious – the pioneers of rock ‘n roll and every other genre before 1972 deserve to be compensated when their music is used by companies like Sirius XM.”

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