DiMA: ASCAP & BMI's Effort to Create a New Database of Musical Works is a Decent Start, but Comes Up Extremely Short


For Immediate Release

Date: July 26, 2017




(Washington, D.C.) – Chris Harrison, CEO of the Digital Media Association, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by ASCAP and BMI of their newfound partnership to establish a database of musical works:



“Today’s announcement by ASCAP and BMI reconfirms the need for H.R. 3350, the “Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act”. 



While a decent start, the database proposed by the two-leading PROs would fail to maintain the comprehensive breadth of musical works that is called for in the Sensenbrenner bill (H.R. 3350).  Nor are there any guarantees that their new database would be as accurate or provide the type of unfettered access to the public, as the legislation that is currently pending before Congress.



We applaud ASCAP and BMI for taking this important step towards greater transparency, but encourage them to fully support the ongoing efforts of U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.














About DiMA


The Digital Media Association (“DiMA”) is a trade association that represents the legal and policy interests of the nation’s leading online distributors of digital music, movies and books.  DiMA members are committed to developing new and innovative ways to provide consumers with increased access to legitimate online content, and DiMA helps its members accomplish this objective by representing the industry in a wide variety of legal, political and regulatory matters. www.digmedia.org