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In January, several major US music streaming services were reportedly being dragged into the legal dispute surrounding the non-payment of royalties for the use of so-called pre-1972 recorded music.


  • Zenbu Magazines, owner of master rights to sound recordings by 1960s and early 1970s bands The Flying Burrito Brothers, Hot Tuna, and New Riders of the Purple Sage, filed class action lawsuits at a California federal court against a number of services including Beat Electronics, Google, Sony Entertainment, Slacker, and Songza.
  • However, almost as soon as the lawsuits were filed, most were then dismissed.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the confusion over the latest round of pre-1972 lawsuits
  • The research note explains why there is so much confusion around the use of pre-1972 recordings

Key questions answered

  • Which companies received lawsuits from Zenbu Magazines in January?
  • Why did Zenbu almost immediately pull the lawsuits?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Wider pre-1972 legal implications in dispute
  • On-demand streaming services in the clear
  • Not the end of pre-1972 action


  • Author

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