ASCAP & BMI Issue Joint Comments To House Judiciary Committee Regarding Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office
On January 31, 2017, ASCAP and BMI jointly issued comments the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in response to the Committee's recent White Paper concerning the reform of the U.S. Copyright Office.
New House Judiciary Committee Proposal Aims To Modernize Copyright Office
Recently, the House Judiciary Committee, led by Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and ranking committee member John Conyers (D-MI), set forth a proposal aimed at modernizing the U.S. Copyright Office. The plan would target several different areas, including the appointment of the Registrar of Copyrights, overall structure of the Copyright Office, technological improvements, advisory committees, and small claims.
The Songwriter Equity Act Continues To Add Co-Sponsors As The Congressional Year Comes To An End
In the final weeks of the 114th Congressional session, the Songwriter Equity Act continues to add co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. The latest legislator to support the Bill is Rep. Stephen Knight, a republican from the state of California.
The Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Another Co-Sponsor In The House Of Representatives
Last week the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283) gained an additional co-sponsor within the House of Representatives, Rep. Marcy Kaptur from Ohio.
ASCAP Comments on U.S. Department of Justice Appeal of BMI Rate Court 100% Licensing Decision to Second Circuit
ASCAP issued the following statement from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews.
A Message from Paul Williams to ASCAP Members About Judge Stanton's Rejection of DOJ Proposal on 100% Licensing
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.
A Message from Beth Matthews to ASCAP's Songwriter, Composer & Publisher Members About the Recent DOJ Proposal
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.
ASCAP and BMI Join Forces to Fight the Department of Justice's Interpretation of Their Consent Decrees
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.