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Introduction

US PRO Global Music Rights has filed an antitrust complaint against the Radio Music License Committee, accusing it of collusive tactics to depress the royalty rates paid by radio stations to songwriters and of operating an unlawful cartel.

Highlights

  • The lawsuit follows a similar filing in November by the RMLC against GMR which accused the performance rights organization (PRO) of attempting to charge the US commercial radio industry monopoly prices to publicly perform musical works in the GMR repertory.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers the legal arguments made by GMR in its claims against the RMLC.
  • Examines the potential for disruption to US licensing should GMR prove successful in its claim.

Key questions answered

  • Why has GMR filed a lawsuit against the RMLC in the US?
  • What is the probable outcome of the case?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • GMR sets its sights on US radio royalty rates
  • The RMLC fires the first shots
  • Tough one for GMR to win

Appendix

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