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Pandora buys FM radio station to get better licensing deals

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Jun 2013 13:15

Pandora buys FM radio station to get better licensing deals In order to ensure they continue to get access to music licensing rights, Internet radio giant Pandora has announced it is buying a terrestrial FM radio station.
Pandora has been alleging that the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) has allowed artists to selectively back out of licensing popular songs to the service, and has even filed a motion claiming "ASCAP has violated the terms of its antitrust consent decree with the Department of Justice."

The company has now purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid City, SD, in an effort to gain access to the alleged preferential treatment ASCAP has given terrestrial stations.

In theory, Pandora's general assistant counsel, Christopher Harrison, Pandora should now get the same deals that online competitors get, such as iHeartRadio (which is owned by massive terrestrial radio station provider Clear Channel).

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