The Turtles, Sirius Settle

A long-standing dispute over songs published before 1972 was finally settled, right before it was to go to trial Nov. 15.

Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles, whose big hits included “Happy Together” and “She’d Rather Be With Me,” agreed to close their case against Sirius XM for not paying royalties on spins of their songs.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The trial would have revolved around the fact that recordings made before 1972 were not subject to the U.S. Copyright Act, but the Turtles members claimed they were still protected under state laws.

In 2014 a U.S. district judge ruled in favor of The Turtles, but the case was appealed. The Turtles at one point filed their complaint as a class action lawsuit against Sirius, claiming the company had “exploited every single pre-1972 recording in exactly the same way and decided not to obtain licenses for all of those recordings based solely on its analysis of the law and not based on anything else.”

Last year, Sirius paid out $210 million to settle claims from record labels, some of whom were included in the class action suit.