Rihanna, Pink Floyd and Britney among 125 artists against Pandora royalty lawsuit

Tina Hart

A list of 125 musicians have spoken out against Pandora in an open letter in which they call a lawsuit filed by the company against ASCAP 'unfair'.

The lawsuit, filed by Pandora against performing rights organisation the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), attempts to to lower songwriter royalty rates. 

The letter, created by SoundExchange and musicFirst Coalition counts a number of high-profile artists and bands amongst its supporters, including Bryan Adams, Rihanna, Pink Floyd, Dionne Warwick and Britney Spears.

It notes, and even celebrates Pandora’s success but goes on to criticise its 'gutting' of royalties that 'musicians rely upon', labelling it ‘unfair’ and ‘not how partners work together’. The letter ends with a plea to ‘work this out as partners’.

The letter in full is below:

“We are big fans of Pandora. That’s why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

“Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in this new digital world.

“Pandora’s principal asset is the music.

“Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That’s not fair and that’s not how partners work together.

“Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let’s work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.”

Source: Music First Coalition


Tags: Radio, Digital, Internet, Pandora, royalties, internet radio

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