Justice Department Plans to Begin a Review of Music Licensing Rules

By Ben Sisario The music industry has been complaining loudly in recent years about outdated federal regulation. Now it finally has a chance to do something about it. On Wednesday, the Justice Department plans to announce that it will review the 73-year-old regulatory agreements that govern Ascap and BMI, two groups that act as licensing clearinghouses for a range of outlets that use music, including radio stations, websites and even restaurants and doctors’ offices. Billions of dollars in royalties are at stake, and the lobbying fight that is very likely to unfold would pit Silicon Valley giants like Pandora and Google against music companies and songwriter groups. “Whenever an artist needs help, government oversight is rarely the answer.” Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/business/media/justice-department-is-said-to-plan-a-review-of-music-licensing-rules.html?_r=0

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