In the “it was only a matter of time” department, Wixen Music Publishing has sued Pandora over infringing reproductions of the lyrics in songs it represents.
Remember the rending of garments by Pandora’s overpaid executive team about how they just couldn’t turn a profit because of the royalties they paid under their statutory licenses? Statutory licenses allow Pandora to operate without paying minimum guarantees like they will need to do for their much ballyhooed on demand service that is yet to […]
Chris Castle interviews Blake Morgan, head of ECR Music Group and the force behind the #irespectmusic campaign on Pandora, IRFA and the campaign for artist pay for radio play. Theme music by Guy Forsyth. You can also subscribe to the Music Tech Policy podcast on iTunes.
An excellent interview with the well-spoken artist and entrepreneur Blake Morgan who tells a refreshingly civil yet blunt story of his encounter with Pandora.
According to Saving Alpha, some good news for Pandora today: Pandora (P) reaches 200M users, up from 100M in July 2011, while over 140M members have used the online music-streaming service on a mobile device. Other stats that Pandora is proud of this morning include streaming 200M songs before 10 a.m. every day, and playing […]
Pandora’s CEO Joe Kennedy announced today that he’s leaving the company. Lots of rumors about who will succeed him, but nothing definite. Joe’s taken some knocks lately (including here at MTP) as a result of the whole IRFA miscalculation–but that had better not be the reason that he’s leaving. A CEO–particularly a public company CEO–has […]
The news that Sony/ATV made a direct deal with Pandora produced some strangely paranoid chatter in the echo chamber. Sony/ATV can bring Pandora to their knees, getting around the rate court, etc. I think it’s actually much simpler than that. What appears to have happened is quite simple–Sony/ATV opted out of letting ASCAP and BMI […]
Must be nice to be able to forget your salary–Paul Resnikoff of Digital Music News gets the scoop: So let’s help Joe refresh his recollection. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Joseph J. Kennedy, Pandora’s CEO, President and Board Chair Director) was recently granted Pandora stock options totaling 1.35 million shares at $10.63, or […]
“Have you seen the bigger piggies in their starched white shirts You will find the bigger piggies stirring up the dirt Always have clean shirts to play around in. In their sties with all their backing They don’t care what goes on around In their eyes there’s something lacking What they need’s a damn good whacking. […]
Pandora’s Tim Westergren writes: “For more than two years now I have been eagerly anticipating the day when I could finally write these words: the royalty crisis is over!” Good news all round, especially for independent artists and labels. The erudite David Oxenford has written an astonishingly concise summary of the deal.