Pandora is currently suing BMI songwriters over the rate it will pay for the next 4 or 5 years.
Pandora wants to pay 1.75%. BMI songwriters would like them to pay 2.5%. In 2014 Pandora paid BMI $16.1 million dollars. So basically Pandora is using the entire apparatus of the federal courts to get a reduction of less than $7 million dollars in 2015. If it’s a 4 year deal that means Pandora saves $28 million dollars (Pandora growth has virtually stopped). Court cases like this have typically cost the parties tens of millions of dollars. This does not include the millions it costs taxpayers.