Pandora Wins in Court Against ASCAP

  • May 6, 2015 at 9:16 AM (PT)       courtesy

  • PandoraLogo2014.jpgFavorable Ruling
  • REUTERS reports, “a federal appeals court in MANHATTAN rejected appeals by a music licensing group and music publishers that could have forced Internet radio service PANDORA MEDIA INC to pay higher royalties and have access to fewer songs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on WEDNESDAY rejected an effort by the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS (ASCAP) to increase the rate that PANDORA must pay to license its music from 2013 to 2015.

  • The report also notes the Judge, “said rules governing ASCAP licensing ‘unambiguously’ barred music publishers from negotiating higher rates for their works with ‘new media’ music users such as PANDORA, even as ASCAP licensed the same works to other users.”
  • It’s PANDORA’s second legal victory this week. The webcaster on MONDAY (NET NEWS 5/4) got a positive ruling from the FCC, which issued a declaratory ruling that granted PANDORA RADIO a conditional right to exceed the Commission’s foreign ownership restrictions to allow it to complete its two-year-old pending deal to buy Hot AC KXMZ (HITS 102.7)/BOX ELDER-RAPID CITY, SD from CONNOISSEUR MEDIA for $600,000.

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