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On 9/16, federal Judge Louis L. Stanton rejected the DOJ’s recent interpretation of the BMI consent decree, concluding that BMI is free to engage in fractional licensing. This is terrific news for our community of songwriters, composers and publishers.

The DOJ has released its official public statement regarding its review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. We believe the DOJ got it wrong. ASCAP President Paul Williams has announced a strategy with BMI to overturn the DOJ’s decision.

United in their belief that the DOJ mandate for 100% licensing will cause unnecessary chaos in the marketplace, the two organizations will cpursue a joint campaign: BMI through litigation; ASCAP through legislative reform.

In response to the recent actions by the DOJ, Williams says “This fight is far from over. Because so many of you were willing to take a stand on these issues, we have gained important allies in DC who are committed to standing with songwriters.”

Find out what the recent proposal by the US Department of Justice means for ASCAP and our members.

The US Department of Justice has issued a proposal about ASCAP and BMI’s consent decrees. All of us at ASCAP are deeply disappointed by the proposal – but please know that this is not the final outcome of this process. While we consider all of our options, be assured that this in no way changes your ASCAP membership.

Read ASCAP’s official statement in response to the government’s proposal regarding our consent decree.

Following ASCAP’s annual Songwriter Advocacy Day in Washington on May 18th, the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283) picked up two new co-sponsors, Reps. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ).

Songwriters Paul Williams, Monica, Brian McKnight, Brett James, MoZella, Priscilla Renea, Randy Goodrum, Desmond Child, Needlz, Savan Kotecha and more meet with lawmakers.

The 8th annual celebration featured award-winning ASCAP songwriters & composers performing some of their most beloved music at the Library of Congress.

Award-winning songwriters visit Congress on May 18 to urge them to stand with songwriters to protect their livelihoods in the digital age.

The Songwriter Equity Act gained its second co-sponsor of the New Year on January 13th with an endorsement from Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York.

On January 5th, the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283) picked up its first new supporter of 2016, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO). Since gaining a handful of backers toward the end of last year, the number of SEA co-sponsors within the House of Representatives has now grown to 35.

On December 9th, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) led a Special Order on the House floor, devoted to the Songwriter Equity Act. Watch him and his fellow Congressmen explain why songwriters need this law now.