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Music Publishing News Roundup: Pandora May Pay Lower Rates To Rights Holders, Grooveshark Folds, Copyright Review Moves Forward To Congress

130611181158-pandora-terrestrial-620xaPandora might lower rights holders payouts, Grooveshark throws in the towel after six years of legal battles, and the Copyright review moves to Congress.


Pandora may pay lower rates to rights holders due to their ownership of a terrestrial radio station in South Dakota. The streaming giant acquired KXMZ in June of 2013, but have not been able terrestrial radio rates due to the FCC’s foreign ownership rule, requiring Pandora to be 75% owned by US citizens. FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, however has recently endorsed the idea of waiving this rule, claiming that its an outdated tool for evaluating ownership.

 Grooveshark, the free music service, is finally giving up after a six-year legal battle.  Through a settlement with Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and Warner Music Group, the company has made the decision to shut down their services and is instead redirecting users to subscribe to streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, and Google Play.

Copyright review, in House Judiciary, concludes with the final hearing as the ball passes to Congress.  This hearing was mainly a conclusion to a two-year review of copyright allowing opinions to be put in the public record.  The legislative framework that surrounded this was the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act.  Most of the hearing was focused on the Copyright Office’s pursuit for more independence