Songwriters’ group Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) has beaten online radio provider Pandora after a two-year legal battle, winning a substantially larger copyright royalty rate of 2.5 percent.
That’s a large increase from the 1.75 percent Pandora was paying before. It’s also a stark contrast to Pandora’s win in a similar case against BMI’s rival, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP. It was just last week that a federal appeals court upheld Pandora’s win in that case, finding that the royalty rate should rise to only 1.85 percent.
The judge’s opinion in BMI v. Pandora isn’t yet public, but both sides have put out statements about the results.
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