Pandora and Canadian Copyright Royalties


CBC News reported earlier this week about the lack of availability in Canada of online/mobile streaming services in Canada such as Pandora and Spotify: "Mobile music service rejects Canada, blames fees". As noted in the CBC story: Canada, the idea is barely getting off the ground, and one of the biggest players in the industry is blaming royalties sought by major record labels.

"These rates … are astronomical," Tim Westergren, founder of California-based Pandora wrote in an email to The Canadian Press.

"As long as rights societies take this approach, they will prevent Pandora from launching to Canadian users."

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