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Music Licensing Update

By Barry Skidelsky

On September 22, 2015, the Department of Justice requested further comments in connection with possible ASCAP and BMI consent decree reform (http://www.justice.gov/atr/antitrust-consent-decree-review-ascap-and-bmi-2015). On that same day, the Congressional Research Service released its report entitled "Copyright Licensing in Music Distribution, Reproduction and Public Performance" (https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33631.pdf).

Both provide a useful outline of key concerns in music licensing law, and suggest where that piece of law might fit into the larger puzzle known as copyright reform. Meanwhile; Congress, the courts, and various stakeholders in the music business continue to struggle to apply existing copyright law to new and emerging technologies, ever hopeful that our country's historically balkanized approach to music licensing and other copyright issues may be modernized and simplified.

An experienced attorney and consultant, Barry is founder-owner of a nationally prominent private practice focused on representing and counseling individuals and entities directly or indirectly involved with traditional, online and mobile media, entertainment, advertising, marketing, telecommunications and technology, both domestically and abroad. Barry, a Berklee trained musician and former radio broadcaster, co-chairs the NYSBA EASL Television and Radio Committee. He also practicesinter alia before the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C.
Contact: bskidelsky@mindspsring.com or 212-832-4800.

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