Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) filed an action in New York City today (June 13) asking the Federal Rate Court to set royalty fees for internet radio service Pandora on behalf of the organization’s 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, the performing rights organization (PRO) said in a statement. The action asks the court to set reasonable, market driven fees for Pandora after negotiations did not result in an agreement.
This comes after Pandora recently signed an agreement to purchase Rapid City, S.D. radio station KXMZ-FM, a small-market Hot AC format broadcast radio station. The strategic purchase is reportedly a way for the company to qualify for Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) agreements regarding royalties and public performances of musical works from the PROs.
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