A lawsuit filed by the Turtles seeking artist performance royalties from SiriusXM is just the tip of the iceberg of a long-running feud between the satellite radio service and record labels and artists over pre-1972 copyrights.

Since a U.S. copyright was created for master recordings beginning with those issued after Feb. 15, 1972, SiriusXM has taken the stance that it doesn't have to pay for pre-1972 recordings since no federal copyright existed before then.

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