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US satellite radio service SiriusXM has agreed on a settlement with the three major record companies and ABKCO Music & Records over the use of music fixed in copyright before February 15, 1972 (pre-1972 sound recordings).


  • Online radio service Pandora is now under the pre-1972 sound recordings spotlight.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details why SiriusXM has agreed a settlement with record companies for the use of music released prior to February 1972
  • The research note details the settlement and how the payment structure will work going forward

Key questions answered

  • Why has SiriusXM agreed to pay record companies for the use of music released prior to February 1972?
  • Why did SiriusXM only now agree to settle the dispute over the recordings?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Closing the pre-1972 royalty loophole
  • Long way to go for a full pre-1972 resolution
  • Spotlight turns to Pandora


  • Author

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