The US DoJ opens a review of the consent decrees in the music industry and expects comments on the competitive concerns that arise from the joint licensing of music by performance rights organizations and the remediation of those concerns

Department of Justice Opens Review of ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees* The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice announced in June 2014 that it has opened a review of the 73-year-old ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees. In its press release, the DOJ noted that it is most interested in comments “on competitive concerns that arise from the joint licensing of music by performance rights organizations and the remediation of those concerns.” The Consent Decrees originally resolved antitrust lawsuits brought by the United States against the two major performing rights organizations (“PROs”) – ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI

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Bruce A. Colbath, The US DoJ opens a review of the consent decrees in the music industry and expects comments on the competitive concerns that arise from the joint licensing of music by performance rights organizations and the remediation of those concerns, 4 June 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2014, Art. N° 67150

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