Radio takes a side.

justice-sealThe Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) released a statement saying, “The Department of Justice, after a lengthy and thorough review, decided that the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees should not be altered as they continue to serve as a vital check against ASCAP’s and BMI’s anti-competitive market power.” Justice recently reviewed the aforesaid consent decrees and, after the review, could not find a compelling reason to remove the decrees that prevent the music licensing companies from running amok. From the RMLC statement: “After years of investigation into possible additional modifications to the decrees, [the DOJ] concluded that the decrees are not outdated, because the threat posed by ASCAP’s and BMI’s aggregated market power is as real today as it ever was.”