Newswire: Sony, Apple, and Google sued for streaming songs recorded before 1972

Late last week, Sony, Apple, and Google were hit with a flurry of lawsuits filed in California federal court. The suits were brought by Zenbu Magazines LLC, which claims ownership over numerous sound recordings made before 1972, including “Sin City” by The Flying Burrito Brothers, “All I Ever Wanted” by New Riders of the Purple Sage, and “Been So Long” by Hot Tuna. The suit against Sony accuses the company of streaming these and other songs over its Music Unlimited service without paying royalties, and is seeking an amount in excess of $5 million.

“Sony’s conduct as alleged herein was unfair because its conduct was immoral, unethical, unscrupulous, or substantially injurious and the utility of its conduct, if any, did not outweigh the gravity of the harm to its victims,” the suit reads. Zenbu brought similar charges against Apple and Google for streaming songs through their iTunes Radio and …

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