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HITS LIST SLIPS
INTO SUMMER
Fire up the grill. (5/28a)
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Ladies' choice (5/24a)
A PRE-SUMMER PHOTO GALLERY
Each worth a thousand words (5/27a)
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A game of Monopoly on Capitol Hill (5/24a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
HOWDY, PARTNER
Redrawing the Mason-Dixon Line (5/24a)
THE NEW UMG
Gosh, we hope there are more press releases.
TIKTOK BANNED!
Unless the Senate manages to make this whole thing go away, that is.
THE NEW HUGE COUNTRY ACT
No, not that one.
TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN PLAYLIST
Now 100% unlicensed!
Pub Crawling
BIG JON REACTS
9/16/16

Following today's news that the DOJ's interpretation of the BMI consent decree had been rejected, publishers everywhere rejoiced. Warner/Chappell Chairman & CEO Jon Platt immediately issued an open letter to his pub fam. Read it here:


Dear Songwriters,

I know that the determination of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the issue of 100% licensing of US performance rights in musical compositions has weighed heavily on our minds over the past several months. In July, I wrote to you, promising to keep you up-to-date on everything that happens, as it happens.

Today, I am very pleased to inform you of the result of a legal challenge brought by BMI against the DOJ. Just this afternoon, Judge Stanton ruled that the BMI consent decree does not require 100% licensing. As he states: "The consent decree neither bars fractional licensing nor requires full-work licensing."

While I'm sure this story will continue to unfold, this is a fantastic result which should give us hope that the status quo for US performance rights licensing will not be upended. This is a big win, not just for BMI, but for all publishers and songwriters.

My personal congratulations to the BMI team for this wonderful outcome.

Yours sincerely,
Jon Platt