The Latest: Pandora and Universal Music Publishing Group Strike Short-Term Deal

Pandora recently agreed to pay out the highest royalty rate ever with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Under a short-term, direct royalty deal, Pandora can continue to offer UMPG’s catalog without violating copyright laws.

A UMPG source according to Billboard commented that this deal is “in the best interest of our writers while ensuring Pandora access to our music through the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, there is a chance that this agreement could be overruled by ASCAP, which will rule on a rate motion Pandora filed a couple weeks ago.