TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 1, 2016

The Nashville songwriting and publishing communities voiced outrage Thursday after the U.S. Department of Justice said it will not recommend any changes to consent decrees governing licensing and fee collection agencies ASCAP and BMI, and instead will enforce so-called “100 percent licensing.” Under the DOJ’s plan, any licensing agency with a minority stake in a song could license it. Many in the music industry fear the new opinion could threaten the practice of co-writing songs, curb the creative process and complicate royalty payouts, the Tennessean reports.