Sony/ATV response to DOJ review of ASCAP and BMI consent decrees


“We are extremely disappointed by the DOJ’s decision to issue a misguided and unprecedented interpretation of the consent decrees that is contrary to how they have worked and how the business has operated over many decades. Not only does it contradict the views of the U.S. Copyright Office and the entire music industry, but it will bring significant uncertainty and disorder to a marketplace that has worked well for years, while leaving everybody in the licensing process, including songwriters, to try to figure out how 100% licensing might work. Instead of modernizing the consent decrees, this decision has created a host of problems that will now have to be addressed by the courts and must be addressed by Congress as well”

Martin Bandier, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing

August 6, 2016 3:58pm ET by Sony/ATV Music Publishing  

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