Today a bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress by members of the House and Senate called the Internet Radio Fairness Act (H.R. 6480 and S. 3609).

It is a very important bill for Pandora. For the first time since 1998, it will finally bring fairness to the way performance royalties are determined for internet radio.

Pandora pays performers (and composers) for every song that we stream. And we do so proudly. I’m a longtime working musician myself, and supporting musicians is a central principle at Pandora.

However, as a result of legislative and legal strong-arming done over a decade ago by the RIAA, internet radio is subject to its own, very discriminatory standard. The resulting bias is staggering. To give you an idea, last year Pandora paid about half of all its revenue in performance fees alone. In that same year, SiriusXM paid 7.5%. No radio service anywhere in the world pays more than 15% of its revenue in such royalties. The anti-internet bias in federal law is nothing short of absurd.

The Internet Radio Fairness Act will address this discrimination by extending to internet radio the same standard used to determine virtually all copyright rate-setting processes, including satellite and cable radio, allowing us to compete on a level playing field.

Today we begin a grass-roots campaign to pass the Act and correct this discrimination.

This is not a campaign to stop paying royalties, or even to pay as little as possible. We’re just fighting for fairness.

We’ll be reaching out for your support in the coming days and weeks. So if you’re a fan of internet radio and want to lend your voice to our efforts, please keep an eye out for our messages. We would be very grateful for your support.

A summary of the bill and the rates issue can be found here:

Thanks for taking the time to read this note.

Tim (Founder)


  1. sher
    October 13, 2012 at 9:21pm
    why does Pandora continually place campaign ads for President Obama, and not show equal time to Gov Romney. if so, how can I be expected to support Pandora , I also am very glad that I have access to such a great musiv medium, but see the obvious Obama victory Fund that must be part of Pandora's fund raising campaign. Just a question! thanks
  2. Elham Kaviani
    October 21, 2012 at 11:23pm
    As a fan of Internet radio, I want to lend my voice to fight for fairness. I believe that supporting musicians is a central principle at Pandora. Without the companies who deliver recorded music to the public, musicians are busking on the street for money. It's a symbiotic relationship. Consequently the anti-internet bias in federal law is nothing short of absurd. It's time for action, not just tea and sympathy. "J'adore PANDORA" Ellie K
  3. Armenouhie Kassardjian
    October 24, 2012 at 6:21pm
    I love pandora. :)
  4. Sifali Bitkiler
    October 26, 2012 at 1:08pm
    I definitely living this. Love Pandora Internet Radio and all that is offers me - comfortableness of receiver without the signalize haha. I'll be contacting my Representatives around this issuing
  5. Christian – God Follower
    October 30, 2012 at 10:52am
    Though I HAVE enjoyed listening to Pandora's internet Radio, I DO ***NOT*** SUPPORT THE FAIRNESS ACT BECAUSE IT HAS A VERY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON CHRISTIAN RADIO THAT I VALUE GREATLY.!! (equal time is for politicians! If I want to tune into a particular genre, it doesn't need to be pouted for my family to hear other ideas that I would be condoning by having it on in my home, car or otherwise) ALSO, I NOTICE THAT YOU ONLY RUN DEMOCRAT/OBAMA ADS. WHERE IS THE FAIRNESS THERE...? SAD TO SEE ANOTHER NARROW VIEW FOR THE SHORT TERM BEING SUPPORTED. Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -Benjamin Franklin I'll go else where for my music and share with all I can the slant supported here. :-( Sad you had to get political here but we all have our beliefs, and I didn't force my on you, but I'm not reserved to voice them when you voice yours.
  6. tommy belesis
    November 06, 2012 at 6:12am
    Can you tell us more about this? I'd care to find out more details.
  7. Amy
    November 07, 2012 at 3:03pm
    I definitely will support Internet Radio Fairness Act. If they are charging and unfair amount for a song; Internet radios won't be able to make a profit off of it.
  8. casalibre
    November 08, 2012 at 3:15pm
    we support pandora
  9. Doug Gulick
    November 29, 2012 at 1:46pm
    I agree, I have found artists that I would never have discovered without the platform that Pandora provides, why should they recieve a higher royalty rate than if I had heard the song through Sirius/XM? I support IFRA.
  10. Roger
    November 30, 2012 at 7:10pm
    I totally support Internet radio and Pandora, I have found so many artists That I did not know were out there and have bought their albums. I'm to busy To go shopping to music stores to listen to new artists. Pandora is great!

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