Pandora Sues ASCAP Over Licensing Fees

Law360, New York (November 6, 2012, 5:02 PM EST) -- Pandora Media Inc. on Monday sued the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, a group that collects royalties for its members, in a bid to lower licensing fees the Internet radio service pays to play songs.

Pandora filed a petition in New York federal court requesting a judge set “reasonable” license fees through 2015. The company is seeking an adjustable-fee blanket license for the right to stream the 435,000 musical works covered by ASCAP.

After Pandora launched its Internet service in 2005, the Oakland, Calif.-based...
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