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Thread: DOJ Opens Review of ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

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    DOJ Opens Review of ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

    The DOJ will investigate business practices on ASCAP and BMI in relation to copyright laws.

    As part of The Department of Justice's ongoing review of legacy antitrust judgments, the Antitrust division has opened a review of its consent decrees with The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI). For more than seventy-five years, these decrees have governed the process by which these two organizations license rights to publicly perform musical works. DOJ says the purpose of the division's review is to determine whether the decrees should be maintained in their current form, modified or terminated.

    ASCAP and BMI are the two largest performing rights organizations in the U.S. Their primary function is to pool the copyrights held by their composer, songwriter and publisher members or affiliates and collectively license public performance rights to music users such as radio and television stations, streaming services, concert venues, bars, restaurants and retail establishments.

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    This doesn't exactly have anything to do with the FCC or any broadcast regulation, however it will affect broadcasters if music royalties or rules change. The two largest PROs feel they're now unfairly bound by 70 year old rules. Newer, smaller PROs are offering writers better deals because they don't have to conform to consent decrees. Every time the government gets involved, it leads to more complications for broadcasters, which is why the NAB is weighing in.

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