DOJ Asks 2nd Circ. To Overturn BMI Fractional-License Ruling

Law360, Los Angeles (May 18, 2017, 8:54 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice defended its recent interpretation of a 75-year-old antitrust agreement with BMI governing the licensing of music performance rights at the Second Circuit on Thursday, saying a lower court judge incorrectly found the consent decree allows fractional licensing of compositions.

Broadcast Music Inc. last year challenged a new DOJ interpretation of the landmark music licensing antitrust agreement that had been in place since 1941. U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton in September sided with the music rights giant in a decision that...
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