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A Closer Look at the Department of Justice’s ASCAP and BMI Consent Decree Review

July 18, 2016 Antitrust , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Department of Justice , Music Licensing

The music publishing industry has reacted in colorful and apocalyptic terms in its response to the leak detailing the expected conclusion of the Department of Justice’s consent decree review, in which the agency extensively examined the antitrust settlements binding the two largest performance rights organizations (PROs) in the nation, ASCAP and BMI. A closer look at Department’s reported conclusions suggests that the music industry response is overblown.

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