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Department of Justice confirms its consent decree ruling: No changes

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It’s official. The Department of Justice has released the final ruling for its review of performing rights organization consent decrees, which includes “full-works licensing” and prohibits withdrawal of digital rights from bundled licenses. Both ASCAP and BMI are already mounting their responses.

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DoJ announces consent decree decision: No change, plus a new rule

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The U.S. Department of Justice has completed its much anticipated two-year review of consent decrees -- decades-old laws which govern how ASCAP and BMI are permitted to license music on behalf of songwriters, composers, and publishers. The bottom line: No change, and a blow to the two major performing rights organizations (PROs) which have lobbied for more flexible control of rights management, especially in the streaming era.

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