The Turtles are famous not only for their hits “Happy Together” and “It Ain’t Me Babe”, but also for numerous legal battles in the music industry.
Most recently, the band sued SiriusXM for allegedly infringing millions of their older recordings (pre-1972), as well as songs from thousands of other artists. A federal copyright protection was issued on February 15, 1972, which then created a gray area for recordings published before that date; as a result, SiriusXM transmitted thousands of pre-1972 songs under the notion that the Copyright Act gave them that permission.
However, the plaintiff argues that the federal law doesn’t fully apply on pre-1972 music on satellite radio.
The class action proposes that at least $100 million has been accrued in damages, but that the figure is on the conservative side of the overall picture.
Here’s the entire lawsuit…