May 06, 2015

ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews Responds to Pandora Rate Court Appeal Decision

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Beth Matthews

Today, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York affirmed the March 2014 federal rate court decision by Judge Denise Cote, which set the rate for the Pandora-ASCAP license at 1.85% of revenue through December 31, 2015 and prevents publishers from partially withdrawing public performance licensing rights from ASCAP.

In response to today’s ruling, ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews issued the following statement:

This ruling reaffirms what we already know – that the ASCAP Consent Decree and the rules that govern music licensing are outdated and completely out of step with the way people listen to music today. We are encouraged that the Department of Justice is reviewing the ASCAP Consent Decree and by the growing chorus of voices in support of our efforts to modernize music licensing – from the Copyright Office to Congressional sponsors of the Songwriter Equity Act. Powerful corporate interests, like Pandora, are determined to stand in the way of meaningful music licensing reform so that they may continue to shortchange songwriters. This is a wake up call for creators to stand together, get involved and fight for their right to be paid a fair market rate for the use of their works.”

Support the #SongwriterEquityAct

This is a critical time for industry reform, and we encourage all ASCAP members to lend your voice in the fight for a modernized music licensing system. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Submit a letter to your member of Congress and encourage them to support the Songwriter Equity Act
  • Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #StandWithSongwriters
  • Get the facts and share them with friends, family and more, so we can help build support for reform and ensure that songwriters are fairly compensated for their work