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Pandora Enters Into License Agreements With ASCAP and BMI

Following the Copyright Royalty Board’s ruling to raise Pandora’s royalty rates, last week Pandora announced new licensing agreements with the country’s two largest performing-rights societies, Broadcast Music Inc. and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Although the precise terms remain under wraps, these blanket licenses will govern Pandora’s right to play ASCAP’s and … Continue Reading

Copyright Royalty Board Issues Rate Increase to Pandora

On December 16, 2015, the Copyright Royalty Board released its much-anticipated ruling, increasing the royalty amount that Pandora and other digital streaming services must pay to stream music in 2016. The CRB’s ruling, which will be released in full after the parties redact confidential information, distinguishes between nonsubscription and subscription services. The CRB cracked down … Continue Reading

DC Circuit Declares the Copyright Royalty Board Unconstitutional

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the Copyright Royalty Board—at least as currently established—is unconstitutional.  The D.C. Circuit’s decision in Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, Inc. v. Copyright Royalty Board and Library of Congress, 11-1083, eliminated portions of the Copyright Act in order to extricate the offensive provisions … Continue Reading