Pandora battle over song publishers’ rates set to hit federal court

Pandora does not want to pay royalties to ASCAP, while ASCAP seeks a higher rate

This could be the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ (ASCAP) greatest hit, or it could just be one they’d rather skip. The representative of multiple music publishers and songwriters is set to face off with Pandora Music Inc. in a federal court trial starting Jan. 21 that could set the future on online music licensing.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Pandora currently pays 4.3 percent of its revenue to publishers and songwriters in the music industry represented by ASCAP and other similar organizations. By contrast, record labels and performers receive nearly half of the company’s revenue.

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Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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