The laws governing digital music are a mess and getting messier. Recently, the FCC approved Pandora's purchase of a radio station that would lower payments to rightsholders, and an ASCAP attempt to retroactively raise their rates was defeated in court. Yesterday, however, BMI scored a major victory vs. Pandora for songwriters.
"Today’s decision is an enormous victory for the more than 650,000 songwriters, composers and publishers that BMI has the privilege to represent," BMI said in a statement. "This is an important step forward in valuing music in the digital age."
Pandora says it will appeal the decision. Last week Pandora won a decision in a similar case with ASCAP.