Howie will do the "Castro" if the copyright holders win any kind of settlement for the pre-1972 recordings.
SiriusXM Hit With Fourth $100 Million Lawsuit in Past Month
The satellite radio giant is dealing with an escalating situation over sound recordings made before 1972.
For a long time, it's been assumed that SiriusXM has the right to distribute and perform pre-1972 recordings.
Then last month, Flo & Eddie of The Turtles brought a proposed $100 million class-action lawsuit against the satellite radio giant, premised on the theory that because sound recordings didn't fall under federal copyright protection until 1972, the SiriusXM couldn't rely on statutory royalty rates for these older tunes.
The initial lawsuit from Flo & Eddie was filed in California, but if state law rather than federal law applies, why stop there? In fact, Flo & Eddie haven't. After filing action in California, the plaintiffs filed another lawsuit in New York. And now, Flo & Eddie have struck a third time, with another proposed class action lawsuit against Sirius in Florida court. The Turtles are crawling across the nation
Together with a lawsuit filed last week by SoundExchange, which alleges in its own $100 million lawsuit that SiriusXM shouldn't have subtracted pre-'72 recordings from gross revenue calculations, this marks the fourth whopping lawsuit that Sirius has seen in the past month.
Also, this latest action in Florida court isn't really for just $100 million. Try three times that amount.