In a victory for the music service Pandora, a federal appeals court in Manhattan said music publishing companies Universal, EMI and Sony/ATV cannot limit Pandora’s access to the catalogues of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

A consent decree governing the society, known as ASCAP, clearly precludes the partial withdrawals of public performing licensing rights by publishers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held Wednesday.

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