Today, a Communications Daily piece by Assistant Editor Karl Herchenroeder highlighted that over 1,250 small businesses across the country have signed a MIC Coalition letter urging the Department of Justice to preserve the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. The full story can be read below.


DOJ should maintain the BMI and ASCAP consent decrees (see 1806110051) so that venues aren’t subject to more-complicated and expensive performance rights licenses, venue owners wrote Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim this week. Delrahim will testify Wednesday with FTC Chairman Joe Simons before the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee (see 1808290060). DOJ is reviewing whether the music licensing consent decrees are still needed. More than 1,250 public venue owners signed the letter, which was written by the National Restaurant Association; WineAmerica, National Association of American Wineries; and American Beverage Licensees. DOJ didn’t comment.