CCIA Welcomes DOJ Decision To Protect Competition, Consumer Access To Music

BY Heather Greenfield
August 4, 2016

Washington — The Department of Justice announced today that it has concluded its multi-year review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, and that it will refrain from altering the pro-competition provisions. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been committed to fighting for effective competition and antitrust laws for decades, and had filed comments two years ago asking DOJ to strengthen and uphold the consent decrees for ASCAP and BMI.

The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“ASCAP and BMI control 90 percent of the music marketplace, so keeping the current protections against anticompetitive behavior is important. After a multi-year investigation and talking to a wide variety of stakeholders, the Department of Justice wisely decided not to modify the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. This is an important decision that will help promote competition and protect users and consumers of music. The DOJ also clarified that those who purchase blanket licenses from ASCAP and BMI have the unlimited right to these organizations’ songs.”

For more on the DOJ decision, including its finding on “fractional licensing,” see Ali Sternburg’s blog post on the Disruptive Competition Project:  http://www.project-disco.org/intellectual-property/080416-doj-decision-on-consent-decrees-and-fractional-licensing-good-news-for-competitive-music-marketplace/

 

Related Articles

CCIA Statement on the European Commission’s Copyright Guidelines

Jun 4, 2021

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today presented its long-awaited Guidance on the implementation of Article 17 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. EU Member States have to transpose the Directive into national law by 7th June. The following can be attributed to CCIA Senior Manager, Alex Maglione: “We encourage EU…

CCIA Reacts To European Parliament’s Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act Reports

Jun 4, 2021

Brussels, BELGIUM — Two Members of the European Parliament have published their draft reports on respectively the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and on the Digital Services Act (DSA) proposals. The European Commission originally presented its legislative proposals in December 2020, which will now be discussed and amended by the European Parliament and the Council of…

CCIA Joins Industry Statement on the Need for Regulatory Dialogue in the Proposed Digital Markets Act

May 26, 2021

Brussels, BELGIUM – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has joined other industry associations in a joint statement on the Digital Markets Act ahead of the EU ministers’ meeting on May 27-28. The statement urges ministers to strengthen and foster a true “regulatory dialogue”. This envisioned participatory approach to intervention should replace suspicion and…