‘Happy Together’ copyright dispute in N.Y. top court

Associated Press

Albany, N.Y. — New York’s highest court has agreed to rule on a case pitting the owner of The Turtles’ 1960 hit “Happy Together” against Sirius XM Radio.

The issue is whether the copyright owners of recordings made before 1972 have a common law right to make radio stations and others pay for their use.

The case has been referred to the Court of Appeals from a federal appeals court. Federal law established limited copyright protections to recordings after Feb. 15, 1972, while preserving state law property rights on earlier recordings.

The case pits Flo & Eddie Inc., which owns The Turtles recordings, against Sirius XM Radio Inc., one of the largest radio and internet-radio broadcasters in the U.S.