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Federal judge SLAPPs down Pandora's 1st Amendment defense
Federal judge SLAPPs down Pandora's 1st Amendment defense

A federal judge has denied Pandora's motion to dismiss the copyright-infringement claims brought by pre-1972 recording artists, finding that the online webcaster's free-speech rights don't bar artists from demanding royalties for the songs Pandora plays. The ruling by District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez in Los Angeles wasn't much of a surprise, considering that Gutierrez has ruled against Sirius XM in a similar case brought by the same plaintiff, Flo & Eddie Inc. (a corporation founded by two lead members of the 1960s pop-rock group The Turtles). It does, however, set the stage for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider Pandora's arguments, which are...

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