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Introduction

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that iHeartMedia does not have to pay mechanical reproduction royalties for the broadcast of sound recordings fixed in copyright before Feb. 15, 1972.

Highlights

  • The class action claim was brought by Arthur and Barbara Sheridan, master-rights owners of several 1950s and 1960s recordings performed by influential musicians of the era such as the Flamingos, Little Walter, and the Moonglows.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the claim made against iHeartMedia over the broadcast of pre-1972 sound recordings in the state of Georgia.
  • Details the reasons given by the supreme court as to why the broadcaster does not have to pay royalties.

Key questions answered

  • What was the basis of the royalties claim made against iHeartMedia?
  • Why does the broadcaster not owe rights holders any royalties for the use of pre-1972 sound recordings?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • A pre-1972 sound recordings dispute not involving Flo & Eddie
  • IHeartMedia’s “pattern of racketeering”
  • No pre-1972 mechanical royalties

Appendix

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