RMLC goes preemptive.

The Radio Music License Committee filed an antitrust suit against a new performance-rights licensing entity, Global Music Rights (GMR), claiming that, since it controls the music in its inventory, it is a monopoly and can charge whatever it wants for the rights to that inventory. According to papers filed by the RMLC, since the GMR is a for-profit private company, unlike ASCAP and BMI, the upstart agency “has created a bottleneck to, and an artificial monopoly over, the works in its repertory.” The consequence is that GMR has avoided the rate limits that are in place for ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, and the RMLC wants injunctive relief to force GMR to submit to the same kind of judicial rate-setting procedures that the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees impose.