Didn’t get enough music news for the week? Here are just a few of the headlines you might have missed over the past week; coincidentally, they all have something to do with the courts. Just a little light reading while you enjoy your Saturday morning coffee. You’re welcome.
PANDORA SUING ASCAP FOR LOWER ROYALTY RATES
Pandora, the largest Internet radio provider, filed suit this week against ASCAP demanding lower licensing fees for use of their artists’ material. According to an article in Bloomberg, the two entities have failed to reach agreement after a year of negotiations, so Pandora is asking the courts to step in. Pandora claims that it is struggling to be profitable under the current rates, and that ASCAP has not given Pandora the same licensing rates as some of its competitors.
What does this mean for you, the listener? Probably nothing. If anything, it may mean subscribers to the premium Pandora service will have to pay a little more if the Internet radio provider loses in court, but it’s way too early to speculate.
MADONNA FACING LAWSUIT IN RUSSIA OVER GAY RIGHTS
If you needed any further reminders that freedoms are still curtailed in Russia (besides what happened to Pussy Riot)—apparently in St. Petersburg, it’s illegal to be gay, or to promote gay rights, according to a law passed earlier this year. Based on this law, several Russian political groups filed suit against Madonna for openly speaking in favor of gay rights and passing out pink anti-homophobia bracelets at her St. Petersburg show back in August. This week, NME reports the Russian courts ruled there was sufficient evidence to proceed with the lawsuit (shocker). Don’t expect Madonna to grace the Russian courts with her presence, however.
JERMAINE JACKSON FILES FOR NAME CHANGE
This week, Jermaine Jackson, older brother of the late Michael Jackson, appealed to the courts, as well—for a completely different reason. He wants to change the legal spelling of his last name from “Jackson” to “Jacksun,” citing “artistic reasons” as his rationale for the request. Apparently, he’ll have to wait until February for the courts to decide whether he is legally allowed to misspell his last name. (*Sigh* Red tape…)
That’s it for this week’s Music News Week In Review. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!