Thursday, May 08, 2008

Random Information to Share

One of my visitors let me know that she couldn't get from outside the U.S. Apparently, many people have complained because Pandora put up this notice:

Delivery of Pandora is based on proper licensing from the content rights holders - we have always believed strongly in honoring the guidelines as determined by the artists, labels and publishers. In the U.S. there is a federal statute called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that provides this license for all the music you hear on Pandora. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent license outside the U.S.

We will be posting updates on our blog ( regarding our ongoing effort to launch in other countries, so please stay in touch. In all honesty, we don't have the resources to pursue licensing arrangements in many countries in the immediate term, but we do have the ultimate goal of being able to offer our service globally. As always, we welcome your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. We greatly appreciate your understanding and support.

Note: Due to international licensing constraints, we are deeply sorry to say that it is necessary to restrict streaming audio from Pandora for most countries outside of the U.S.

Our vision remains to eventually make Pandora a truly global service, but as a small company, the best chance we have of realizing our dream of Pandora all around the world is to grow as the licensing landscape allows.

And for all us Americans who hate telemarketing calls at home, be warned: Apparently they are going to start calling cell phones, too. Thank goodness for the Do Not Call Registy--a governmental office with a purpose:


You can prevent this, by call the following number from your cell phone:


It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time

It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

You can also register multiple phone numbers at the National Do Not Call Registry Web site.

My public service for the day is done. Blog on, citizens of the world.

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