Pandora Files Motion With ASCAP Over Publishing Royalty Rates
June 21, 2013

In the latest chapter of Pandora's quest for lower royalty rate payments, the popular streaming music service has filed a motion with ASCAP's Rate Court, saying that publishers looking for their own agreements with Pandora are bound by ASCAP's consent decree and cannot withdraw from the organization in favor of cutting their own deals.

Sources familiar with the filing told Billboard.biz that Pandora is asking the judge to rule on publishers that have filed a notice already with ASCAP of their intent to withdraw some publishing rights as of July 1. Pandora says these publishers are obliged to keep these digital rights with ASCAP. Billboard's sources say that Universal and BMG Chrysalis plan to withdraw on July 1, but it is unknown if Warner/Chappell will also follow suit. Sony/ATV is not expected to withdraw its rights, but the publisher is also affected by the rate court decision.

Pandora also argues that since its own license with ASCAP runs up to the end of 2015, the ASCAP consent decree should also apply to the major publishers until that time as well. However, the publishers say that Pandora is operating under a temporary license, until an official rate is set, and that they are within their rights to withdraw digital rights from ASCAP.

The rate court judge is not expected to rule on the motion until late July, weeks after the publishers could withdraw from ASCAP.




 
Breaking News
Hubbard Radio Ups Jeremy Sinon To Corporate Digital Director
The Week In Review: 5/18-5/22
KSZR/Tucson Becomes Classic Hip Hop, 97.5 The Vibe
In Brief - May 22, 2015
May 21, 2015
President Obama To Renominate Jessica Rosenworcel As FCC Commissioner
Herndon Hasty Joins Cumulus Kansas City As VP/Sales
In Brief - May 21, 2015
May 20, 2015
Bruce Lundvall, Longtime Blue Note President, Dies At 79
Zach Mullins Named Digital Sales Manager For Cox Media Group/Atlanta
Quality Control Music Signs Joint Venture With Capitol Music Group/Motown Records
Spotify Adds Video Content, Podcasts
In Brief - May 20, 2015
May 19, 2015
iHeartCommunications To Pay $1M For Misusing EAS Tones During The Bobby Bones Show
Nielsen Study: Radio Delivers Decision-Makers For American Family Insurance
Triton To Represent XAPP Ad Inventory For jācapps Broadcasters
Pandora To Acquire Next Big Sound
Deezer Expands Content With News, Entertainment and Sports Podcasts
Republic/Island Execs & Artists at the BMA’s
In Brief - May 19, 2015
May 18, 2015
Alpha Media To Purchase Morris Communications Radio Stations
"Party Ben" Gill Joins Pandora
Spanish Broadcasting System First Quarter 2015 Results
Communion Records US Signs Broad Agreement With Capitol Music Group
BMG Acquires US Rock Label Rise Records
In Brief - May 18, 2015
May 15, 2015
Music News
Adam Lambert Unveils Two New Tracks
Academy Award-Nominated Actress Hailee Steinfeld Inks Record Deal With Republic Records
The Week In Review: 5/18-5/22
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Slayer
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Madonna, Little Mix, Roger Waters
Pitch Perfect 2 Comes In At #1
Quick Hits: Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Five Finger Death Punch, Amy Winehouse, Riot Fest
FMQB Photo Pass: MMRBQ 2015
Quick Hits: Sam Smith, B.B. King, Life Is Beautiful festival, Bullet For My Valentine
Taylor Swift Cleans Up at Billboard Music Awards
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj Lead 2015 BET Awards Nominees
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, Janet Jackson, Nick Jonas, Chinx
Blues Legend B.B. King Passes Away
The Week In Review: 5/11-5/15
FMQB Photo Pass: Radio 104.5 Birthday Show
FMQB NOW

Question Of
The Week

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!