ASCAP Can't Pull Pandora's Playback Rights, Judge Says

Law360, New York (September 18, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Internet radio giant Pandora can continue streaming all songs handled by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, shooting down an attempt by large publishers to withdraw their digital rights from the blanket license.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said Pandora’s five-year blanket license beginning Jan. 1, 2011, would cover “new media” rights, even though EMI Music Publishing Ltd. and other members of performance rights organization ASCAP purportedly revoked the PRO's right to license them so they could forge...
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