Members of the 1960s musical group the Turtles won another victory on May 27 in their landmark copyright infringement case against the satellite radio company Sirius XM. The case centers around royalties on songs recorded prior to Feb. 15, 1972. California law offers protection to the work of performance artists that was recorded before this date, while federal law does not. The plaintiff, a company controlled by two of the band's founders, is pursuing similar litigation in New York and Florida seeking approximately $100 million in damages.
Many aspects of intellectual property law may seem up-front and transparent at first glance. A copyright application, for example, is relatively easy and straightforward to complete. However, if done improperly, it could leave applicants open to being sued from others who think their copyright is being violated. This is why we refer to the process as a deceptively simple one -- it may seem easy, but the consequences of getting it wrong are severe.