New York (AP) Major Record Labels Sue Internet Radio Giant Pandora for Copyright Infringement
Apr 18 14
New York (AP) Major record labels are suing Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees. The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue that songs such as Aretha Franklin's 'Respect' and the Beatle's 'Hey Jude' are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York. In the lawsuit filed in New York state court, the labels say artists and labels have been deprived of tens of millions of dollars every year by services such as Pandora Media Inc. Pandora streams songs randomly according to artists or genres like "Motown" or "60s Oldies".
Peet's Coffee & Tea and Pandora Announce New Partnership to Enhance the Coffee Shop Music Experience
Mar 25 14
Peet's Coffee & Tea and Pandora announced a new partnership which marks the first time Pandora will feature partner branded radio stations in a brick-and-mortar environment nationwide. Peet's will now have its own customized radio stations on Pandora that will be played in all of its stores across the U.S. Peet's branded Pandora radio stations--Eclectic Classical, Jazz Giants, Origins, and Melodic Indie--are curated by Peet's music aficionado and 25-year veteran employee Patrick Main. Also, the new Peet's stations will be available to all Pandora listeners. The partnership with Pandora allowed Peet's not only to refresh the music experience in stores, but also to offer customers more music options. Peet's music aficionado Patrick Main planted the seeds for the Peet's branded Pandora radio stations and will continue to work with Pandora to guide and grow Peet's music expression. In addition, Peet's fans can access the Peet's radio stations directly via their Pandora mobile or desktop application. Peet's curated music that is outside the mainstream, yet adventurous and warmly accessible. In working with Pandora, Peet's set guidelines for each station and selected tracks and artists that pair well with their coffees. The music choices are a balance of what's popular and trending, along with a more classic music selection that contributes to an inviting store environment. Here's a sampling of the Peet's branded Pandora radio stations: Peet's Melodic Indie includes indie bands like Pinback, Neko Case, and Broken Bells that provide a contemporary, melodic sound and pair well with sweet, bright and fresh coffees such as Peet's Kenya Auction Lot and Café Solano Medium Roast. Peet's Jazz Giants reflects Peet's Italian Roast and Espresso Forte Blend with its vigorous, full and lively swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz and newer explorations including artists like Miles Davis Quintet, Charlie Parker, Betty Carter, and Jason Moran. Peet's Origins blurs borders and enhances Peet's rustic, earthy and vibrant blends including Uzuri African Blend and Gaia Organic Blend. Focused on folk traditions and new music from around the world, artists include Cesaria Evora (Cabo Verde), Dobet Gnahore (Côte d'Ivoire), Franco (Zaire), Gabby Pahinui (Hawai'i), Papi Brandao (Panama), and Armando Garzon (Cuba). Peet's Eclectic Classical pays tribute to the broad history of classical music while emphasizing contemporary composers and cutting-edge performers in a music selection that is bold, structured and complex. When paired with Major Dickason's Blend or Peet's French Roast, the tasting and listening experience is symphonic.
Pandora Media, Inc. Announces Executive Changes
Mar 18 14
Pandora Media, Inc. announced that Chris Martin has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer, and Steve Ginsberg has been promoted to Chief Information Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Martin will succeed Tom Conrad, who is stepping down from his role as CTO and Executive Vice President of Product after nearly ten years at Pandora. The company is also creating a new Chief Product Officer role and is launching a search to fill that position. Mr. Conrad is expected to continue full-time for the next three months and then transition to a part-time role advising the Company's leadership team. Mr. Martin joined Pandora in 2004 and has been Vice President of Engineering, responsible for software development, quality assurance, customer support, device development, device certification and production support. Prior to Pandora, he worked in various engineering capacities at multiple enterprise software companies, including Quintus, Kenamea and QRS/Inovis. He will report to Brian McAndrews, Pandora's Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman. Mr. Ginsberg was most recently Vice President of Technical Operations and is responsible for building and managing the infrastructure that delivers Pandora to listeners, as well as managing Pandora's internal enterprise systems and information technology. In his new role, he will report to Pandora's Chief Financial Officer, Mike Herring. Mr. Ginsberg has been a key member of Pandora's technical team since 2006.