With DOJ’s Review of the ASCAP/BMI Consent Decrees Coming to a Close, it’s Time for Industry Partners to Unite
August 5, 2016 DiMA: With DOJ’s Review of the ASCAP/BMI Consent Decrees Coming to a Close, it’s Time for Industry Partners to Unite
(Washington, D.C.) – Gregory Alan Barnes, General Counsel to the Digital Media Association, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that its two-plus year review of the consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI has come to a close:
“With today’s announcement behind us, it’s now more important than ever that industry partners unite to focus on the real task at hand. Namely, the creation of new music that fans across the U.S. will love and adore; while continuing to develop a legitimate marketplace for the online distribution of such works that compensates songwriters for their creative endeavors.
There’s more to accomplish, along these lines, and it’s imperative that we work together to accomplish this goal.
We would like to express our sincerest appreciation and gratitude towards all Justice Department officials for the time, dedication, commitment and professionalism exhibited during the course of this review, and for bringing this matter to a close.”