索尼音樂和SiriusXM展開新的版稅法律戰爭

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  • 索尼音樂和SiriusXM展開新的版稅法律戰爭

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    ◎索尼音樂已經對由SiriusXM發起的要求Elvis Presley、Bob Dylan、Simon&Garfunkel和其他數千首經典歌曲的授權的仲裁向法院提出終止的申請。

    ◎三年前主流唱片公司與這家衛星廣播巨頭針對使用1972年以前製作的錄音簽署了一份2.1億美元的協議,該協議讓SiriusXM有權在2017年底前都可以使用1972年之前的錄音,並指出相關的各方需要再協商2018-2022年的新授權條款。而根據索尼提交的法庭文件顯示,雖然SiriusXM和唱片公司已經交換了提案,但協議尚未達成,因此仲裁將是必要的手段。

    ◎文件中還表明索尼方面對SiriusXM公司進行這一過程的一些反對意見,包括該公司選擇了一家領先的商業仲裁公司JAMS,他們在一項單獨的訴訟中合併了每個唱片公司的個別要求主張,而且他們要求仲裁在洛杉磯進行,儘管兩家公司的總部都設在紐約。

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    Sony Music has filed to stop an arbitration begun by SiriusXM over the licensing of classic songs by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and thousands of others.

    The news comes nearly three years after the major labels struck a $210 million deal with the satellite radio giant over the use of sound recordings created before 1972. The deal gave SiriusXM the right to use pre-1972 recordings through the end of 2017, and indicated that the parties involved would be required to negotiate the terms of a new license for 2018-2022.

    Court papers filed by Sony on Friday revealed that although SiriusXM and the record labels have exchanged proposals, an agreement has not been met and so arbitration will be necessary, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    The papers also indicated a number of objections on Sony's part to the manner in which SiriusXM has gone about the process, including the company's selection of JAMS, a leading commercial arbitration firm, their consolidation of individual claims against each of the record labels in a single proceeding, and their demand that the arbitration occur in Los Angeles despite both companies being headquartered in New York.

    In a statement made by SiriusXM, spokesman Patrick Reilly said: "In June 2015, we agreed with Sony and the other major record labels to license their pre-1972 sound recordings. We paid these labels $210 million and agreed to license the works through December 2022, with a simple mechanism for setting the future royalty rate if we were unable to agree. Sony's decision to challenge our 2015 agreement is disappointing. It is again unfortunate to see that Sony is still uninterested in seeing older artists paid for their performances. SiriusXM will continue to honor its agreement to pay copyright holders for their pre-1972 works."

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