September 24, 2014
The Turtles won a critical legal victory this week in their lawsuit against SiriusXM (Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc.) in California. The Turtles sued because SiriusXM took the position that it didn’t need permission – and therefore doesn’t need to pay for use of – recordings protected by state law, even though it does pay for recordings that are protected by federal law.
The California federal court sided with the Turtles. Now, legendary artists are coming out in support of the decision and agree with SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe’s statement that “all sound recordings have value, and all artists deserve to be paid fairly for the use of their music.”
Check out what these legendary artists have to say:
“This music is our legacy, and we are grateful that the court in California has acknowledged that artists have the right to be compensated when it is used by digital radio services,” Martha Reeves.
“It is good that a federal judge made clear that online and mobile music services that have pre- 1972 recordings on their playlists should pay the artists who created these recordings. This decision puts in high relief how arbitrary the idea of 1972 is as a dividing line. If Aretha Franklin is driving listeners to a digital music service, she should share in the revenue that is generated,” T Bone Burnett.
“The Court’s ruling in favor of the Turtles makes it clear that all recordings are worthy of protection. It’s a matter of simple fairness and I am delighted that legacy artists are being heard by our justice system. Thanks to the Turtles for bringing this issue front and center. Now more than ever it’s clear that Congress should pass the RESPECT Act, which clearly and fairly makes sure that ALL artists are treated fairly by digital radio,”Mark Farner, Grand Funk Railroad.
“Today, we are one step closer to pre-1972 music creators receiving fair pay. The ruling against Sirius XM for playing, but not paying Flo & Eddie (aka The Turtles), is a victory in music licensing history,” Richie Furay, of Buffalo Springfield.
“Winners never quit and quitters never win. The recording artists of the pre-72 era are winners and we are not quitting until it’s all made right for every single one of us,” Sam Moore.
Stand with us! Do you agree all music should be treated the same? Visit Project-72.org to voice your support and learn more: Send a letter to Congress to support the RESPECT Act (H.R. 4772). Or tweet #RespectAllMusic.