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Tracy Kosbau, MBA | Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
Jun 11, 2018
Music Licensing Could Get More Complicated and Expensive for Restaurants
As it stands today, restaurant operators can't pick which performance license best fits their music needs and often find themselves bullied into buying expensive licenses they are not sure they will ever use. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering making this process even more difficult and expensive for businesses like yours.
The DOJ announced they may remove a few of the basic rules—known as "consent decrees"—that protect your restaurant from anti-trust actions by the two largest music licensors, ASCAP and BMI, which together control nearly 90% of all licensable music.
Without these rules and protections in place, ASCAP and BMI can increase their license costs, charge one restaurant a higher rate than others, or even deny a license to a restaurant altogether. More PROs may also emerge—beyond the four existing now—to ten or twenty new organizations knocking on a restaurant’s door to seek a public performance license or result in the restaurant paying hefty fines.
Urge the DOJ to keep the consent decrees in place. Otherwise, restaurants can expect to face a slew of new issues surrounding music licensing, all of which will negatively affect their bottom line
What Can You Do?:
Click here to sign a letter telling the DOJ to keep the consent decrees in place!