Yesterday’s Report ran a feature entitled “Pandora’s box” which looked at criticisms from Universal Music that interactive radio service Pandora is “gaming the DMCA”. Simon Wheeler from Beggars, quoted in the article, has requested that we correct any implication that he might hold a negative position on Pandora. We would like to apologise for any lack of clarity and run Simon’s full quote on the matter below.
”It was interesting to hear Rob Wells’s views on Pandora”, says Simon Wheeler of Beggars. “Pandora is a huge service for music in the USA; it’s fair to say that many people in the industry feel that is almost too good for the amount of music that they serve and the amount of revenue they deliver. Whether that is gaming the DMCA I couldn’t say, but many paid-for services are saying that because Pandora is so cheap / free, it is inhibiting their growth. On the flipside, Pandora does pay SoundExchange very significant sums of money every year, and they also play a very high proportion of independent music: I’ve heard up to 40%. That is a good thing by us, and probably another reason why Universal doesn’t approve!”

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