The Turtles’ Flo and Eddie are going after their next target, following their recent win against SiriusXM.
Flo and Eddie sued SiriusXM for playing music by The Turtles without paying performance royalties. These songs were recorded before 1972, which means they’re not covered by federal copyright law.
The judge in the SiriusXM case decided that it goes against California state law to “publicly perform” this pre-1972 music without paying to do so.
Now, Flo and Eddie have filed a class action lawsuit against Pandora in California regarding pre-1972 recordings. They are seeking at least $25 million.
The complaint says:
“Pandora is aware that it does not have any license, right, or authority to reproduce, perform, distribute or otherwise exploit via the Music Service any pre-1972 recordings…”
The RIAA has a similar ongoing lawsuit against Pandora in the state of New York.