Pandora busted for favoritism.

pandora-jailAccording to an NPR investigation, “A deal between Pandora and a group of record labels has raised concerns that the company is favoring certain songs over others because it’s paying the musicians behind those songs the smaller royalty” the deal isn’t payola, but it’s raising red flags anyway. Pandora has made a deal with a company called Merlin, described as “a consortium of independent record labels,” which represents smaller, independent artists—those willing and able to negotiate smaller fees. As to whether this deal constitutes payola, NTR called on Georgetown University adjunct professor and copyright lawyer Jim Berger, who said, “If they were a terrestrial radio station and they were getting a discount on certain music as long as they played it more than other music, that would be considered illegal.”