United States Justice Department Completes Review

US Department of Justice Unchanged

Thursday, August 04, 2016

On August 4 the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced their decision not to modify the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees at this time, and instead have issued an interpretation of the decrees to require 100% or "full-work" licensing, upending decades of industry practice. In response, ASCAP and BMI have joined forces to fight the DOJs interpretation of the decrees.  Click here to read the DOJ statement concerning the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.  Be sure to click through on the link for the full DOJ decision, which concludes with a suggestion that Congress fix everything.