“Broadcasters may say ‘cheers!’ to the support the industry is receiving in its effort to keep in place the consent decrees governing how ASCAP and BMI rates are set. More than 1,100 bars, restaurants, wineries and hotels have signed on to a letter to the Department of Justice urging that the decades-old agreements be left intact.
The businesses say terminating the consent decrees would result in ‘market dysfunction’ that would make it “nearly impossible” for them to pay for the music played in their establishments. ‘Without the consent decrees, many more venues would discontinue music, resulting in fewer places across our communities for musicians to perform and decreased songwriter compensation,’ they wrote in a letter to Assistant U.S. Attorney General Makan Delrahim. Among those signing the letter are the National Restaurant Association, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, American Beverage Licensees, and WineAmerica…”