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When Pandora becomes radio: why exportability matters

The “what is radio” debate resurfaced earlier this month. Do Pandora and other streaming music services qualify as “radio”? Jennifer Lane, President of RAIN Summits, pronounced the question irrelevant at her Audio4cast blog. “I say who cares whether it’s radio or not,” Lane declared. But some weeks earlier Pandora’s Tim Westergren posted a commentary explaining the […]

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Church of Pandora? Tim Westergren’s leap of faith

It’s getting just a little personal out in the blogosphere over Pandora founder Tim Westergren’s advocacy of the Internet Radio Fairness Act, which would lower performance royalties for pure play streamers by putting them on a par with satellite and cable audio services. “Tim Westergren is not running a music service, but a religion,” charges […]

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Pandora rallies fans for performance royalty reform

Pandora rallies fans for performance royalty reform

Pandora’s own Tim Westergren took to the blogosphere on Friday to urge support for a new performance royalty reform bill freshly introduced to Congress: Representative Jason Chaffetz’s (R-UT) Internet Radio Fairness Act. The proposed law would correct an “unfair royalty system that forces us to pay massive licensing costs,” the founder of the music streaming […]

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Internet radio’s strange copyright royalty week

SoundExchange put out a happy face press release on Thursday, announcing that the performance royalty distributor has paid out no less than $204.4 million to artists and their representatives in the first two quarters of 2012. But attention through most of the week has focused on Representative Jerrold Nadler’s (D-NY) rather contorted effort to correct […]

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Pandora: we’re helping iTunes

Pandora founder Tim Westergren told CNBC on Wednesday that Pandora isn’t a problem for iTunes, it’s a solution. “We just found out that the digital download business is flat,” CNBC’s Julia Boorstin asked Westergren. “Is Pandora stealing from iTunes visits?” “We’re actually one of the biggest referrals to iTunes,” Westergren shot back. “Pandora is a […]

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Pandora asks subscribers to support the Performance Rights Act

If you listen to Pandora internet radio, you probably got a message yesterday from the service’s founder Tim Westergren, asking subscribers to support the Performance Rights Act. That’s the proposed law that would require terrestrial radio stations to pay performance royalty fees to the artists whose music they broadcast. “The system as it stands today […]

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