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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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Pandora lands private deals with ASCAP & BMI; charges into 2016 with key relationships and rate certainty

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Pandora announced breakthrough content licensing deals this morning with ASCAP and BMI, the two largest Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) representing songwriters, publishers, and composers. With two separate multi-year agreements, Pandora puts to bed acrimonious lawsuits that have troubled its key relationships for two years.

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