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US performing rights organization (PRO) BMI has started the ball rolling on its legal challenge to the US Department of Justice's (DoJ's) interpretation of the consent decrees and how both ASCAP and BMI license performance rights.


  • Following the publication of the DoJ's statement on the closing of its consent decree review, ASCAP and BMI said that they would pursue a joint campaign to challenge the DoJ. ASCAP is to push for legislative reform; however, it is BMI that has fired the first shots with its initiation of a legal challenge.

Features and Benefits

  • Details what the DoJ has proposed with regards to full-work licensing.
  • Analyzes the response of BMI and details its legal challenge.

Key questions answered

  • What changes has the DoJ made to the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees?
  • Why has BMI instigated legal action against the DoJ?

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  • Summary
  • The DoJ's interpretation of the consent decrees
  • BMI begins its legal challenge
  • Inhibiting the free market and not in the public interest


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