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The Pandora – Naxos Deal: Fairness for Professional Musicians?

Below is an opinion article I authored in response to a recent deal between Naxos and Pandora, which apparently bypasses direct payment to members of performance rights royalties for digital radio through SoundExchange and via the AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund. Digital royalties from webcasters like Pandora have been growing quickly. Unfortunately, US law also allows record labels to cut direct deals outside of SoundExchange. The new performance rights bill introduced by US Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) would ensure that statutory performance royalties are paid to performers. Continue reading