Surprise: ASCAP and Music Labels Colluded To Screw Pandora

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:20:50 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140209/01061226149/details-come-out-about-how-ascap-colluded-with-labels-to-screw-pandora.shtml>

'A key part of this was that the major labels, key members of ASCAP, suddenly
started "dropping out" of ASCAP in order to do licensing directly. At first we
thought this was a sign of how the labels might be realizing that ASCAP was
obsolete and out of touch, but it has since become clear that these "removals"
were all something of a scam to force Pandora into higher rates.'

More rights-holder collection agency misbehaviour. I'm not opposed to blanket
licenses, but on the record of the collection agencies, they're probably better
free.

Cheers,
*** Xanni ***

--
Andrew Pam
Partner, Glass Wings http://glasswings.com.au/

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