Is Pandora's box of money one step closer to opening?

Publishers and songwriters long have complained that they're shortchanged by the Internet radio giant, which operates under a provision of copyright law that allows it to play popular songs with a royalty rate set by a court.

But a March 14 ruling in Pandora's favor actually could end up backfiring. Publishers could pull their catalogs from collection societies like ASCAP and BMI and try to force Pandora into direct negotiations for access to their most popular songs.

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