The fight over older music continues.
Ricky Spicer, a singer who joined a pair of singing twins in 1970 to form the Jackson Five-esque group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One (Spicer being that suffixed "one"), has filed a suit seeking class action status against and damages from a large cross-section of the digital music landscape -- Spotify, Apple, Google, SoundCloud, iHeartMedia, Pandora and Sony Computer Entertainment -- over royalties related to pre-1972 recordings. Spicer's action directly relates to several other ongoing cases, all related to the same complex issues of copyright ownership and music licensing.
The case centers around these various tech giants publicly performing (through streams) recordings that were created before those recordings came under the protection of federal copyright law, which went into effect Feb. 15, 1972. That law left those copyrights' fates to be decided state-by-state, thus leaving streaming companies which have secured federal, statutory licenses hanging in the breeze, as it were. Spicer claims none of the defendants have received "a valid license to... distribute the intellectual property owned by Ricky Spicer" and the other members of the Twins.