NMPA Statement on ASCAP / Pandora Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / March 20, 2014

Statement from NMPA President and CEO David Israelite on ASCAP/Pandora Ruling

“This ruling confirms what we already knew – songwriters will never be paid fairly as long as they must labor under World War II era consent decrees. It’s a slap in the face to anyone who creates music or represents those creators.

In 2013, Tim Westergren cashed out more in stock than Pandora paid every ASCAP songwriter and music publisher combined. That fact is a sad testament to both this ruling and the impact of outdated consent decrees.”

About NMPA: Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights.