Record Labels Sue Oakland-Based Pandora For Playing Oldies Like “Hey Jude”

Oakland-based Pandora is at the center of a lawsuit over its use of songs recorded before 1972. Several labels are suing the Internet music streaming service for copyright infringement.

The labels include Sony, Warner and Universal.

In a lawsuit filed in New York state court, the labels claim Pandora is depriving artists and labels of millions of dollars every year.

Attorneys for the labels argue that songs like “Hey Jude,” by the Beatles are not covered by federal copyright law, but are protected by common law by certain states.

A similar suit was brought against Sirius XM last year. So far, Pandora has declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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