It’s all kicking off (again) in the US personal radio market, as it emerged yesterday that Pandora is suing the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Pandora is seeking “reasonable” licensing fees from ASCAP to replace its “experimental” rates agreed back in 2005. “The license rates and other material terms of the 2005 license agreement were presented to Pandora by Ascap as being effectively non-negotiable,” claims Pandora in its court filing, which adds that a year of talks has left the pair unable to reach a new agreement. It also claims that ASCAP refused to offer Pandora the same terms it negotiated earlier this year with the Radio Music Licensing Committee, which covers rival services like iHeartRadio. The lawsuit opens a new front in Pandora’s battle to pay lower royalties.

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