Sirius XM Settles Lawsuit By Indie Musicians
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 09:57:29 UTC

Sirius XM Radio has agreed to pay various indie labels $3.6 million to settle a long-standing lawsuit over a song storage device. Back in the middle part of the last decade, many record labels went bonkers over XM Radio's introduction of the Pioneer Inno, a device that allowed satellite radio listeners to capture and play songs on-demand. Many record labels filed suit, and for a while, it looked like the Inno litigation would establish legal boundaries over so-called "time-shifting" devices. Then, XM settled with the majors including Universal and EMI, and soon merged with Sirius, and the dispute was largely regulated to a historical footnote. But Merlin, a rights organization that manages the copyrights of various indie music companies, has continued to fight, and now, according to Digital Music News, has extracted a tidy sum of $3.6 million to put the controversy to rest once and for all. Complete Article

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