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May 29, 2015IM -
An article appearing in The Hollywood Reporter explains why US District Judge Louis Stanton decided that Pandora should pay 2.5% of its revenue to BMI. The decision came more than two years after publishers attempted to partially withdraw digital rights from BMI in order to get a raise from streaming outlets like Pandora. BMI argued the court for a 2.5% rate based on interim deals that were struck between the publishers and Pandora. In making the decision, Stanton considered Pandora’s $600 million 2014 revenue, and its stance that it hasn’t been profitable due to lack of success on the advertising. He also looked at what music services are paying—Apple 4.6% of revenue, Spotify (2.5%-6.25%) of label costs, and Rhapsody, just under 2.5%—though he admits “Pandora evades neat categorization.” BMI I was also given a “win” in that the license term will be four years, instead of five, to allow re-evaluation of the licensing relationship given the “rapidly changing nature of the online music industry.”