Pandora Wins Court Victory In ASCAP Licensing Case
September 18, 2013
Pandora has won a court ruling in its ongoing royalty fight with ASCAP. According to an announcement from the digital music service, federal court in the Southern District of New York has granted summary judgment in Pandora’s favor in the company’s rate proceeding with ASCAP. This judgment upholds Pandora’s right to perform all compositions in the ASCAP repertory.
"We welcome the court's decision," said Chris Harrison, Pandora’s Assistant General Counsel. "We hope this will put an end to the attempt by certain ASCAP-member publishers to unfairly and selectively withhold their catalogs from Pandora."
Reuters adds that U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said an existing antitrust consent decree that requires ASCAP to license its works to Pandora from 2011 to 2015 "unambiguously" covers all its works, even if some publishers seek to withdraw its authority to license to new media services.