Merlin settles suit with Sirius for $1.6 million

Published April 5, 2012 7:27PM (EDT)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Merlin, an organization that negotiates rights for independent recording labels, said it has settled a long-running copyright feud with satellite radio company Sirius for $1.6 million.

The settlement was over Sirius' Stiletto recording device and follows Sirius' settlement with major recording labels in 2007 and 2008.

Merlin had already settled a similar lawsuit with XM over its recordable radio receiver last year. Sirius and XM combined in July 2008 to form Sirius XM Radio Inc.

Merlin says that artists on labels it represents account for about 10 percent of the U.S. music market. It also says 10 percent of music consumed on online streaming service Spotify was created by Merlin-represented artists.

Artists on labels it represents include Arcade Fire, Tom Waits and Neko Case.

By Salon Staff

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