April 10, 2015

DOJ eyes music regulation update

From: Politico


The Justice Department is poised to make changes to decades-old music industry regulations that could impose significant new costs on Pandora and other digital streaming services, according to five sources briefed by agency officials.

The Justice Department, which has been reviewing the consent decrees since last June, is considering several other changes, including an update to the rate-court system to allow for alternative dispute resolution; new rules that would make it clearer who owns the rights to what songs, a major Pandora ask; and a shift that would allow songwriters to collect royalties through ASCAP and BMI when songs are downloaded or bought on CDs.

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