PandoraPandora announced Tuesday that it purchased an FM radio station in South Dakota, a move intended to allow the online radio station to qualify for the same licensing terms as other Internet radio competitors. Christopher Harrison, assistant general counsel at Pandora, made the announcement about Pandora’s purchase of KXMZ-FM in an op-ed published in The Hill.  Harrison said the purchase comes in response to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a performing rights organization owned and run by songwriters and composers, engaging in “discriminatory treatment” against Pandora. “We are in the midst of the latest battle, in which ASCAP and its members have abruptly shifted away from 100 years of business practice and attempted to create a new right to ‘withdraw’ from ASCAP the right to license certain songs on what is essentially a case-by-case basis,” the Pandora executive writes.

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