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Monday, July 23, 2012

ASCAP Settles with Local TV Stations

 

Last month ASCAP announced its settlement with the Television Music License Committee over public performance license rates retroactive from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2016. The agreement covers a broad list of traditional and emerging distribution platforms, "and will also provide stations with access to license documents electronically on both the TMLC and ASCAP websites". It will be interesting to see how the latter feature is employed.

While the finer details of the deal don't seem to be available, this brings to mind our earlier posts about BMI's settlement with the Radio Music License Committee, and how updating the consent decrees under which ASCAP and BMI operate could help improve licensing conditions for copyright owners. Is this current process the best process for a healthy music industry? What are your thoughts? Please share them below.

ASCAP and TMLC Settlement Announcement: http://www.ascap.com/Press/2012/0606-TMLC.aspx

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