OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Streaming music company Pandora has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit brought by major record labels over its use of recordings released before 1972.
The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, had argued that songs such as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York.READ MORE: SF Man Found Fatally Shot Early Saturday Near Oakland's Lake Merritt
The settlement follows a similar deal in June with satellite radio giant Sirius XM, which agreed to pay $210 million.READ MORE: Counties Across California Want Out of Blue Shield-Administered Vaccine Program
Pandora Media Inc.’s settlement gives the Oakland-based company until the end of 2016 to come to a licensing deal for use of those songs going forward.MORE NEWS: VIDEO: San Francisco Firefighters Rescue Labrador Puppy From Fort Funston Cliff
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