Record labels sue Pandora for using older songs

Internet radio giant accused of copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.
Oklahoman Published: April 18, 2014
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— Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora, accusing the company of copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.

The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue songs such as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states such as New York.

In the lawsuit filed in New York state court, the labels say artists and labels have been deprived of millions of dollars by services such as Pandora Media.

Pandora said it is confident in its legal position.

Associated Press