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After Abandoning IRFA, Will Pandora Join the Fight Against Brand Sponsored Piracy?

January 8, 2014

Music Technology Policy

Pandora has apparently abandoned its truly misguided lobbying efforts that decimated its stock price and undid years of PR campaigns to create the illusion–as it turned out–that Pandora was on the side of artists and songwriters.  According to Glenn Peoples writing in Billboard (see Pandora Stands Down on Legislative Push for Royalty Rate Reform: TKO or Split Decision for Recording Industry?):

Instead of pursuing legislation, Pandora will focus its efforts on lobby­ing the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), the three-judge panel that sets statutory rates for webcasters like Pandora. The current rates run through 2015. Pandora believes there’s reason for confidence. “There are different members on the board than the last time around, and we like our odds better now,” the source says.  [That statement is more important than it would seem–recall that an often-overlooked section of the ill-fated Internet Radio Fairness Act would have fired all the current royalty…

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