On September 17th, US District Judge Denise Cote issued a ruling in favor of Pandora’s motion for summary judgment in the streaming music company’s rate court proceeding with ASCAP’s songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento responded by saying:
"ASCAP's more than 470,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members make their living creating the music without which Pandora would have no business. The Court’s decision to grant summary judgment on this matter has no impact on our fundamental position in this case that songwriters deserve fair pay for their hard work, an issue that the Court has not yet decided. ASCAP looks forward to the December 4th trial, where ASCAP will demonstrate the true value of songwriters’ and composers’ performance rights, a value that Pandora’s music streaming competitors have recognized by negotiating rather than litigating with creators of music."