DOJ Shouldn't Weaken Music Licensing Consent Decrees

Law360 (November 9, 2020, 4:54 PM EST) -- At a recent online conference with the Computer and Communications Industry Association on the challenges of antitrust in an election year, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Makan Delrahim said that the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice would like to modify the consent decrees between the DOJ and the nation's two largest performing rights organizations — the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and Broadcast Music Inc. before the end of this year.[1]

Remarking that the music decrees are one of the most high-profile decrees reviewed by the DOJ, Delrahim said he believes they are "not the best way to regulate...

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