Judge In ASCAP-Pandora Royalty Row Spells Out Rate Ruling

Law360, New York (March 19, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT) -- The federal judge overseeing the royalty dispute between ASCAP and Pandora issued a sprawling opinion Tuesday explaining the many reasons for her decision to reject the blanket licensor's bid to charge the music service higher rates — among them collusion between music publishers.

The redacted, 136-page opinion comes five days after U.S. District Judge Denise Cote handed down a 1.85 percent rate for the period from 2011 to 2015, which was a bit higher than the 1.7 percent that Pandora wanted but significantly lower than ASCAP's request...
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