• SoundCloud licensing deals: On January 13, 2016, numerous news outlets reported that SoundCloud had entered into a multiyear license agreement with Universal Music Group (follow-up to the article "Thunderheads on the Horizon for SoundCloud?" in our June 2015 newsletter).
  • Pandora rate setting cases: On December 22, 2015, Pandora announced that it had entered into multiyear license agreements with ASCAP and BMI and, as a result, it was dropping its appeal of the May 28, 2015, Southern District of New York rate-setting decision in its lawsuit with BMI. The license agreements with ASCAP and BMI follow the December 16, 2015, ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board that Pandora and other free webcasting services such as iHeartRadio will have to pay 17 cents per 100 song plays, up from the current rate of 14 cents per 100 plays (follow-up to the article "Opening a Pandora's Box—Pandora Ordered to Pay ASCAP and BMI Drastically Disparate Rates in Parallel Rate Case Decisions" in our October 2015 newsletter).
  • "Dancing Baby" case: On October 21, 2015, both sides filed petitions for rehearing en banc with the Ninth Circuit, which at the time of this writing had yet to rule (follow-up to the article "The 'Dancing Baby' Case—Ninth Circuit Rules That 'Fair Use' Must First Be Considered Before Sending Takedown Notices Under the DMCA" in our October 2015 newsletter).
  • Google third-party subpoena case: On October 16, 2015, Southern District of Mississippi Judge Henry Wingate heard oral argument on whether the studios should be compelled to comply with the third-party subpoenas issued by Google in connection with its lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. Judge Wingate took the matter under submission and, at the time of this writing, had yet to rule (follow-up to the article "Google Seeks to Compel Studios to Respond to Third-Party Subpoenas in Case Against Mississippi AG Alleging Speech Suppression and Retaliation" in our October 2015 newsletter).