BMI consent degree affirmed. Fractional licensing unleashed.

The Court Of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice and has upheld BMI’s Consent Degree court win. BMI President/CEO Michael O’Neill exalted, “This is a massive victory for songwriters, composers, music publishers, and the entire industry.” Meanwhile, the NAB, through EVP/Communications Dennis Wharton, said, “NAB is extremely disappointed with the court’s decision allowing fractional licensing of BMI songs played on radio and television stations. . . If sustained, this decision could disrupt the music licensing marketplace and impede the delivery of music to listeners and viewers, resulting in less airplay of their favorite songs.”