Songwriters Win Royalty Decision as Judge Rejects U.S. Rules

  • Federal judge grants BMI request to undo DOJ licensing terms
  • U.S. issued decision on ASCAP, BMI consent decrees in August

A federal judge in New York rejected the U.S. Justice Department’s changes to decades-old rules governing music royalty payments that critics said would upend longstanding practices for how music is licensed, handing a victory to songwriters and publishers.

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