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Introduction

Later this year, the California Supreme Court is set to rule on whether the artists Flo & Eddie should receive royalties for the performance of their recordings by online radio service Pandora.

Highlights

  • Although Flo & Eddie were unsuccessful in a similar case brought against satellite radio service SiriusXM in New York and Florida, the California case has prompted a number of amicus brief filings from interested parties that both support and are against the payment of royalties on pre-1972 recordings.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the different amicus briefs filed with the California Supreme Court in the long-running case between the artists Flo & Eddie and Pandora over whether certain royalties should be paid on pre-1972 recordings.
  • Assesses the support provided to the artists and those against any extension of copyright.

Key questions answered

  • What questions has the California Supreme Court been asked in relation to the Flo & Eddie/Pandora pre-1972 case?
  • Which side is likely to come out on top?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • The long road to settling the issue of pre-1972 royalties
  • The final countdown in California
  • No case for a new common law right

Appendix

  • Author

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