DOJ Won't Scrap Long-Standing Music Licensing Orders

Law360 (January 15, 2021, 2:35 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice will leave in place a pair of court orders that have governed music licensing groups BMI and ASCAP for nearly 80 years, saying Friday that there isn't enough consensus to change or kill them right now.

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, head of the DOJ's antitrust division, on Friday announced the results of the agency's most recent review of the consent decrees, which stemmed from antitrust enforcement actions against the performance rights organizations in the 1940s.

Speaking during a webinar hosted by Vanderbilt Law School, Delrahim said the review showed that disagreements continue to exist among...

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