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Surprise: ASCAP And Music Labels Colluded To Screw Pandora

Collusion between ASCAP and labels forced Pandora to pay exorbitant rates or suddenly face a massive copyright liability.
Surprise: ASCAP And Music Labels Colluded To Screw Pandora
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Via Techdirt:

On Thursday, ASCAP -- the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers -- will turn 100 years old. ASCAP was the original music collection society in the US, and over the years we've detailed just how out of touch and obsolete it has become, basically harming independent artists to help rock stars. At the same time, it has bizarrely lashed out at Creative Commons, and when Larry Lessig offered to debate ASCAP boss (and famed songwriter) Paul Williams, Williams refused while claiming it was all an attempt to silence ASCAP.

Yet, in the last few years, we've been covering the incredible...

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