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Pandora agrees to pay record labels US$90 million for pre-1972 recordings

Pulkit Chandna | Oct. 28, 2015
But this doesn't mean the music-streaming service is out of the legal woods.

The labels and some other rights holders seem to have become especially fed up with the practice in the last couple of years, leading to a slew of lawsuits against Pandora and Sirius XM. These lawsuits basically revolve around the demand that the services be ordered to seek prior permission to stream oldies, effectively ensuring that they are able to stream only if they pay up.

This particular settlement, coming in one such lawsuit filed by the above mentioned labels in a New York court in April 2014, isn’t the end of Pandora’s legal woes. It is also facing a lawsuit filed by members of the Turtles, who’re demanding compensation for their own catalog of pre-1972 music. In February, the service was dealt a setback in that case when a U.S. District Court judge in California dismissed its request to move the suit out of his court; last year, the same judge had handed the very plaintiffs victory in a similar lawsuit against SiriusXM.


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