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Copyright Royalty Board Issues Ruling in Pandora Rate Case

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Pandora announced that the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) released the rates and terms for the “Web-IV” rate-setting proceeding, establishing the sound recording performance royalty rates paid to performing artists and record labels by Internet radio services for the period of 2016-2020. While the company has not received the full supporting decision, the following is based on the company’s initial reactions to information posted on the Copyright Royalty Board’s website.

Pandora participated in the proceeding to ensure a vibrant, open and sustainable music marketplace. The CRB set the following rates and terms for services operating under a statutory license:

Per-Performance RateAd-SupportedSubscriptionBlended*
“Web IV Rate” Decision for 2016$0.0017$0.0022$0.00176
Current “Pureplay Rate” for 2015**$0.0014$0.0025$0.00153

*Pandora’s projected blended rate for 2016.

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