Judge stops music publishers from closing Pandora’s box

District court judge rule that ASCAP withdrawals won’t affect Pandora’s licensing deal

The music industry, perhaps more than any other, has struggled to find its footing in the modern era of digital technology. iTunes helped change the distribution model by moving consumers away from physical discs of music, and music piracy has had an enormous impact on the bottom line of songwriters and music publishers.

So it was, perhaps, a forward-thinking decision made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), when it reached an initial licensing agreement with Pandora in 2005. In the intervening years, Pandora has grown to become one of the most popular channels for consuming music.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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