Court rules that Pandora won’t pay higher royalties to songwriters

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Pandora has been fighting tooth and nail against potential songwriting royalty increases , and it appears that this tenacity is largely paying off. A court has ruled that the streaming radio service should pay the same 1.85 percent royalty rate that it has paid for years, resisting both Pandora’s call for 1.7 percent (like traditional radio) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ (ASCAP) demand for 3 percent. Details of the ruling are under a court seal, so the motivations behind the decision aren’t yet clear. However, ASCAP is more than a little upset by its loss; it sees the verdict as proof that full-scale licensing reform is necessary to “reflect the realities” of modern music. Whether or not that’s true, the Society may have inadvertently sabotaged its own case. It pointed to iTunes Radio’s higher royalty rate as a model for fair compensation, but Apple is willing to make little to no profit from its music services — ASCAP may have unintentionally suggested that its proposal wasn’t realistic. Filed under: Cellphones , Internet , Mobile Comments Via: Billboard Source: ASCAP

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Court rules that Pandora won’t pay higher royalties to songwriters

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