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COMMENT BY AUGUST 6, 2014

Music Makers argue that technology makes the current law unfair for songwriters and publishers.

 

“Other than broadcasters, it’s difficult to find a music organization who believes the current consent decrees are good for the marketplace.”

FROM THE TENNESSEAN

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“ASCAP and BMI, as well as individual songwriters and publishing companies, have long lobbied for changes to the consent decrees, arguing that the current system fails to take into account innovations that have significantly changed the field, such as digital music played on streaming services such as Pandora, and claiming that the system under-compensates their members for these rights.”
FROM –http://www.mintz.com/newsletter/2014/Advisories/4036-0614-NAT-AFR/4036-0614-NAT-AFR.pdf

Songwriters and Music Creators need to be compensated justly. A simple restructuring to account for the effect that technology has had on the business should do the trick. There are certain things that do work and should not be touched, such as the 50/50 split songwriters have with ASCAP, BMI, and SEASAC. We need to keep in mind the reason the original structure was put in to place and not “throw the baby out with the bath water.”

The Antitrust Division currently is undertaking a review to examine the operation and effectiveness of the Consent Decrees. The Department understands that ASCAP, BMI and some other firms in the music industry believe that the Consent Decrees need to be modified to account for changes in how music is delivered to and experienced by listeners. The Department’s review will explore whether the Consent Decrees should be modified and, if so, what modifications would be appropriate by August 6.

Here’s a few Articles that go over the issues in plain English:

http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2014/08/songwriters-submit-comments-to-the-department-of-justice-on-the-consent-decrees-now.html

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2014/06/10/department-justice-review-ascap-bmi-consent-decrees

DOJ Revisits Music Royalty Consent Decrees

http://thetrichordist.com/2014/08/03/call-to-action-songwriters-submit-comments-to-the-doj-on-the-consent-decrees-now/

http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/industries/music/2014/06/03/ascap-bmi-justice-review-consent-degree-copyright/9942277/

http://www.ascap.com/playback/2014/07/action/music-hearing-without-songwriters.aspx?utm_source=insidemusic_072814&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

http://www.justice.gov/atr/cases/ascap-bmi-decree-review.html

http://illusionofmore.com/music-creators-seek-reform-consent-decree/ 

READ FULL CONSENT DECREE:
http://www.justice.gov/atr/cases/ascap-bmi-decree-review.html

 

I found two emails to send comments on this (By August 6, 2014): 

antitrust.atr@usdoj.gov

ASCAP-BMI-decree-review@usdoj.gov

Chief, Litigation III Section
Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice
450 5th Street NW, Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20001