STLR Link Roundup – Oct. 24, 2015

Pandora Royalties

Pandora Media, the Internet Radio service, announced this week that it had reached a $90 million settlement agreement in a lawsuit over Pandora’s use of pre-1972 recordings. This lawsuit, brought by Capitol Records, Sony, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and ABKO Music, alleged that Pandora had violated New York State law by playing these recordings, as Federal copyright laws only apply to recordings made after 1972. This Pandora settlement is similar to the $210 million deal reached in June between SiriusXM and record companies. Record company executives hope these settlements encourage all music services to pay for pre-1972 recordings. Earlier this year, Pandora announced it had paid out is first $1 billion in artist royalties, after nine years of operation.

Cybersecurity Bill Advances in Senate

A controversial cybersecurity bill, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CSIA), advanced in the Senate this week with a vote of 83 to 14. The CISA, if passed, would make it easier for corporations to share information about cyber attacks with each other or the government without fear of lawsuits. Numerous tech companies, including Apple, Dropbox, Yelp, reddit, Twitter, and the Wikimedia Foundation, have spoken out in opposition of the CISA, saying the bill does not adequately protect user privacy and does too little to actually prevent cyber attacks. Other opponents have argued the bill gives companies sweeping legal immunities and enables violations of civil liberties. Proponents of the legislation, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, say it will help companies create defensive measures to protect their networks and passage of the bill is a critical measure to limit high-profile cybersecurity attacks. The Senate’s final vote on the passage of the bill is expected next week.

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