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Pandora cites free speech to defend against artist demands for royalties
Pandora cites free speech to defend against artist demands for royalties

Led by key members of the 1960s rock band the Turtles, oldies artists have persuaded a series of judges in California and New York that they are entitled to royalty payments from Sirius XM. Those artists are suing Pandora as well, claiming the online broadcaster violated their copyrights under California law to songs they recorded before February 1972. On Friday, Pandora struck back, moving to dismiss a federal class-action lawsuit by the Turtles' Flo & Eddie because it allegedly violates Pandora's 1st Amendment rights. The motion doesn't change the central legal question in the case, which is whether state law actually provides artists a copyright over the...

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