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Tracy Kosbau

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Jun 11, 2018

Music Licensing Could Get More Complicated and Expensive for Restaurants

Dining MusicAs 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.  

Click here to urge the DOJ to keep the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees in place!

The Issue: 
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. 

The Solution: 
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!

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