Google, Spotify Urge DC Circ. To Undo Royalty Board's Rates

Law360 (August 15, 2019, 8:55 PM EDT) -- Pandora, Google, Spotify and Amazon have officially urged the D.C. Circuit to undo a Copyright Royalty Board ruling ordering streaming services to pay more in so-called mechanical royalties to songwriters and publishers.

The streaming companies told the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday that they weren't given enough of an opportunity to make their case, resulting in a 2018 ruling by the board that increased their royalties from 10.5% of revenue to 15.1% by 2022.

"The majority adopted a rate structure and rate levels no party proposed during the hearing," the joint brief states. "The parties had no opportunity to present or rebut...

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