Today, a Communications Daily piece highlighted a letter that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim regarding the protection of vital ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.

Notably, in the letter, Sen. Graham writes: “The purpose of my letter is not to pre-judge the outcome of your review, but rather to express my concern that moving to terminate or even sunset the ASCAP & BMI consent decrees, without first working with my committee and the Congress as a whole to establish an alternative licensing framework, could severely disrupt the entire music licensing marketplace.”

The full story can be read below.


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., invited DOJ Antitrust Division Chief Makan Delrahim to discuss an alternative framework for the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees (see 1901170037). In a Tuesday letter, Graham suggests a committee staff-level meeting with Delrahim or a DOJ official and music licensing representatives. Terminating or sunsetting the decrees without an alternative in place “could severely disrupt the entire music licensing marketplace” and “threaten to undo” Music Modernization Act changes, Graham said. DOJ didn’t comment Thursday.