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IN ABBREVIATION NEWS:
9/15/16

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) President & CEO David Israelite has officially—and publicly—commended the Songwriters of North America (SONA) for filing a lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ). The suit urges that the latter's recent decision regarding the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees "unfairly and unlawfully hurts creators." Uh, ya think? Click here for more on the matter.

“I commend the Songwriters of North America for standing up to the bureaucrats at DOJ whose overstepping could have catastrophic consequences for our industry,” shared Israelite. “Songwriters and music publishers were dumbfounded when unconfirmed career attorneys not only decided that the outdated consent decrees would remain in place, but they took liberties with their interpretation that defy explanation. This decision only benefitted the massive tech companies who are now inexplicably being subsidized by songwriters...

...As SONA maintains, DOJ’s decision to demand 100% licensing unlawfully and unconstitutionally deprives creators of their rights. It also could invalidate private contracts, which is something all property owners should be extremely concerned about. If this decision stands, it could set a precedent giving DOJ carte blanche to control much more than music creators on a massive scale... 

...DOJ’s thus-far unchecked power is a threat to all songwriters and anyone who creates a product that massive corporations with outsized influence in Washington seek to sell for a profit. I commend SONA for speaking up.”