Dionne Warwick says artists who performed oldies but goodies deserve to get paid, too.
The singer is part of an effort by the nation's largest record companies to sue SiriusXM Radio. They say the satellite radio company isn't paying for recordings that were made before 1972.
Capitol Records, Sony, Universal and Warner are among those taking part in the battle against the satellite radio giant. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and a judgment about the rights involved in pre-1972 recordings.
Sound recordings weren't brought under federal copyright protection until 1972. And a statement from Warwick provided by The Recording Industry Association of America says many SiriusXM channels feature classic tunes from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s - and those artists deserve royalties. A spokesman for SiriusXM declined to comment.
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