Justice rules for the status quo.

The Justice Department will carry on with the system that requires royalty-collection organizations ASCAP and BMI to license songs to everyone at the same fixed rate. This policy dates back to the early 1940s, when it was implemented to compel fair play by the music industry—in other words, the licensing organization must allow equal access to music radio station, restaurants, or any kind of business that wants to play a song in public. In addition, Justice wants to take the matter one step further with what they call “100% licensing.” This means that ASCAP and BMI must license every song as a whole, and apportion payment to multiple songwriters accordingly.

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