U.S. Dept. of Justice to Review ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

June 4, 2014 6:28 AM

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The antitrust division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice has opened a review to exam whether its decades-old ASCAP and BMI consent decrees should be amended or, as some publishers hope, sunsetted and eliminated. The consent decrees impose regulations on how the two performing rights societies operate.

In a notice in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, the DOJ invites interested parties--including songwriters, composers, publishers, licensees and digital service providers--to send commentary on whether the consent decrees meet their goals of protecting competition.

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