Friday, May 04, 2007

Pandora, Not Out of the Box Yet

TechDirt is one of many sites commenting on the restrictions limiting Pandora access to US subscribers. From the Pandora blog on May 3:
Tonight we began the heartbreaking process of blocking access to Pandora for listeners outside the U.S.

Delivery of Pandora is based on proper licensing from the content rights holders - we have always believed strongly in honoring the guidelines as determined by the artists, labels and publishers. In the U.S. there is a federal statute called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that provides this license for all the music you hear on Pandora. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent license outside the U.S.
We will be posting updates on our Blog regarding our ongoing effort to launch in other countries, so please stay in touch. In all honesty, we don't have the resources to pursue licensing arrangements in many countries in the immediate term, but we do have the ultimate goal of being able to offer our service globally. As always, we welcome your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. We greatly appreciate your understanding and support. Snippet from Pandora's FAQs.

Founder Tim Westergren now spends most of his time as Pandora's chief evangelist - traveling the country to meet with listeners to collect feedback, research local music, and spread the word of the Music Genome Project.

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Anonymous RR Aranda said...

All net radio broadcasters, from solo labor-of-love operations to the deservedly large scale Pandora, need all the support they can get from listeners in defending against a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC nearly tripling the licensing fees for Internet radio sites. These fees are more than four times what satellite radio pays (and broadcast radio is exempt from paying). These new fees alone may kill net radio.

Listeners who want to help can join SaveNetRadio Coalition and sign their petition urging legislative action to save Internet radio:

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