Songwriters won a victory in their fight to collect more money from radio stations last week when a judge recommended the dismissal of a suit stations filed in Pennsylvania.
The state has no jurisdiction over Los Angeles-based Global Music Rights, which represents top songwriters Jon Bon Jovi, Drake and Pharrell Williams, Magistrate Judge Lynne Sitarski wrote to a federal judge.
The NYPost reports the legal fight could have consequences for radio listeners, since the songwriters group has threatened to pull music off the airwaves if stations don’t pay a higher rate to its artists.
“The magistrate’s recommendation is a vindication of what we have said all along,” Irving Azoff, co-founder of GMR, said in a statement.
Azoff, manager of the Eagles and Christina Aguilera, founded GMR with fellow industry veteran Randy Grimmett to increase how much songwriters get paid by the radio business.
In a statement Thursday night, Azoff said “The Magistrate’s recommendation is a vindication of what we have said all along: the RMLC had no business filing a lawsuit in Pennsylvania, a state that has nothing to do with this dispute. We look forward to Judge Jones’ review of the order and continuing our efforts to protect the rights of songwriters to be paid fairly by the $18 billion commercial radio industry.”
The RMLC plans to appeal, according to RadioInk.