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Pandora to Pay More


In mid-December the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruled that, effective January 1, online radio companies will pay three cents more per 100 plays of songs through 2020. The new rate, 17 cents per 100 plays, is a key development in a long series of disputes over how much music companies and artists make from online streaming services. Artist rights organizations say that the board didn’t go far enough in raising payments. The decision appeared to be a compromise between the wishes of the labels and the streaming service.

“We believe the rates set by the CRB do not reflect a market price for music and will erode the value of music in our economy,” the music rights organization SoundExchange said in a statement. SoundExchange had asked for an increase to 25 cents for every 100 songs, while Pandora sought a lower rate of 11 cents.

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