6 Members Of Congress Applaud DOJ On ASCAP/BMI Consent Decree Reaffirmation
August 9, 2016 at 7:33 AM (PT)
Six members of Congress have written a letter to U.S. Attorney General LORETTA LYNCH commending her and the Department of Justice for the decision upholding the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees without modification.
The letter from Reps. F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER JR. (R-WI), BLAKE FARENTHOLD (R-TX), DAVE TROTT (R-MI), SUZAN DELBENE (D-WA), GENE GREEN (D-TX), and JARED POLIS (D-CO) tells LYNCH, "Preserving the decrees as currently written will protect licensees acting in good faith, ensure that music is performed legally, and see that creators are compensated for their work." The letter also applauds the rejection of "fractional licensing" -- which the letter contends "would paralyze the market for licensed music" -- in favor of maintaining blanket licensing of all works in the ASCAP and BMI repertories.
Read the letter here.