The battle over webcasting royalties went up a notch Wednesday when 125 artists ranging from Alabama to Zac Brown Band wrote an open letter to Internet-radio company Pandora Media over its attempt to change the way the statutory webcasting rates are set.
The two-page letter — which will run as advertisement in Billboard’s next magazine — titled “A Musician’s Perspective on Pandora” criticizes the Internet radio giant for seeking a lower statutory webcasting royalty. “Why is the company asking Congress once again to step and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon?” the letter reads. “That’s not fair and that’s not how partners work together.”
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