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Copyright Royalty Board Filing Alludes To Pandora/Chris Harrison “Created Evidence” for Rate Court Proceedings – hypebot



Sadly no one in the
music business press seems to be paying attention to the
Copyright Royalty Board filings, according
to David LoweryBut we all should be
watching this closely.  A couple days ago
SoundExchange filed a letter with a bombshell in


Guest Post by David Lowery on
The Trichordist 

“SoundExchange requested a specific email sent by Pandora
executive Chris Harrison in December of 2013 in which Mr.
Harrison highlighted the success of a strategy he implemented
for DMX that involved entering into direct
licenses in order to create evidence for a rate
court proceeding
. Evidence of a strategic motive
underlying Pandora’s direct licensing would undermine the
direct licenses Pandora has proffered as benchmarks. But
Pandora has refused to produce the requested email and any
other documents except for two. In light of their clear
probative value to the key benchmarks Pandora has put at issue
here, Pandora should produce all documents that constitute,
comprise, memorialize, or analyze Mr. Harrison’s efforts on
DMX’s behalf.”

The full document is available here:

2015-04-07 Reply re Pandora

Created evidence?   That sounds
a lot like “manufacturing evidence” to me.   If this is
true,  Pandora at the behest of counsel Chris Harrison
specifically cut this direct deal with MERLIN (the independent
label consortium)  to “create evidence” for the rate court
then this should be seriously investigated.  I’m not an
expert but when I say investigate I mean law enforcement, The
Judiciary Committee or at very least some bar association
ethics panel.   If Harrison and Pandora are
allowed to get away with this, it doesn’t just harm songwriters
and artists, it harms the entire legal process.

(Also some of the labels represented by MERLIN need to start
asking:  what it is that MERLIN/MERLIN executives got out
of the Pandora deal? Who was banging on MERLIN’s door asking
for a direct deal with Pandora?)

Meanwhile the DOJ (despite reports to the contrary) still have
the anti-trust consent decrees pointed at songwriters rather
than Pandora and Broadcasters.    What a world we
live in.


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