DOJ Urged To Leave Intact Music Licensing Orders

By Anne Cullen (August 7, 2019, 7:12 PM EDT) -- A dozen free market organizations pressed the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday to re-up sunsetting consent decrees governing music licensing groups BMI and ASCAP, arguing the "inherently anti-competitive" music industry still needs these regulations to keep the playing field even.

The coalition is hoping to preserve a pair of 80-year-old consent decrees that require Broadcast Music Inc. and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers — the country's two largest performance rights organizations —  to offer blanket licenses covering their whole catalogs.

The two agreements, which were inked by both companies in 1941 to settle a DOJ enforcement action,...

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