Latest Lawsuit Against Infringement: Flo & Eddie (The Turtles) vs. SiriusXM

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…

The Turtles v Sirius

6 Responses

  1. Casey

    Ridiculous. SiriusXM is not an enemy to the music industry. This is a “because we can” money grab.

    • Visitor

      “SiriusXM is not an enemy to the music industry”

      Says a notorious enemy to the music industry…

  2. Lugo

    I’m so with the Turtles! I hope they win every penny.

      • Casey

        There are some who believe SiriusXM will not only win but no longer be obligated to pay royalties on songs pre-1972. Now that would be funny and the perfect outcome from this stupid lawsuit.

  3. Griff

    Funny, but just this weekend, Howard Kaylon, lead singer did a DJ stint on SiriusXM.