DMX Wins CourtDecision Against ASCAP And BMI
June 20, 2012 at 6:35 AM (PT)
Last week, the Second Circuit affirmed two trial court victories DMX obtained against performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI. In 2006, DMX -- owned by MOOD MEDIA --began directly licensing musical compositions for use in DMX services. DMX saw this as a way to compensate publishers directly as well as a way to achieve savings in an increasingly competitive industry. It also set a precedent allowing publishers to negotiate and license their music directly with commercial music providers such as DMX and MUZAK.
"This is an important decision for our industry and music publishers, composers and authors," said MOOD MEDIA Global Dir./Content & Licensing CHRIS HARRISON. "We have effectively loosened the middle man's grip on licensing and associated performance rights fees. After decades of imbalance, the playing field is at last fair and consistent."