I was interviewed and quoted in a recent BuzzFeed article on copyright litigation related to musical compositions. The article discusses the basics of infringement claims and defenses, as well as examples both new and old of high-profile cases. Overall, an excellent layperson’s introduction to the issues involved when one songwriter believes he or she was ripped off by another.
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As I noted in my earlier post, the public version of Judge Cote’s decision in the ASCAP / Pandora rate court proceeding was released today. It is a remarkable and comprehensive 136-page opinion, thoroughly rejecting all of ASCAP’s arguments for a rate increase, and keeping Pandora’s rate at 1.85% of revenue.
One of the most remarkable features of the decision is its detailed look behind the curtain at the motivation and behavior of the withdrawing music publishers. [Read more…]
The public version of Judge Cote’s ASCAP Pandora rate decision has been released. Commentary to follow, once I have had the chance to read, but here is the decision for those interested:
ASCAP has suffered a significant defeat in its rate court litigation against Pandora. In that proceeding, Pandora sought to have its current ASCAP musical composition public performance license rate (1.85% of revenue) cut to the same 1.7% rate paid by terrestrial radio. ASCAP, as it has in several recent digital music rate cases, sought an increase to 3% of revenue.