June 13, 2013
BMI Files Rate Action Against Pandora
NEW YORK – June 13, 2013 - Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) filed an action in New York City today asking the Federal Rate Court to set royalty fees for internet radio service Pandora on behalf of the organization’s 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. The action asks the court to set reasonable, market driven fees for Pandora after negotiations did not result in an agreement. BMI represents the public performance copyright interest of its affiliates when their works are played across all venues including the internet, cable, broadcast television and radio, satellite and in nightclubs, bars and other commercial establishments. BMI negotiated the first music industry blanket copyright license agreement for the performance of music online in 1995. Today, there are approximately 10,000 digital properties covered by BMI licenses. This is the first time the organization has resorted to litigation on fees in the digital arena in the 18 years since it signed the first music industry copyright license for the performance of music on the internet.