Songwriters Win in Second Circuit Ruling on 100% Licensing Decision

December 19, 2017

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and affirmed a resounding victory for songwriters. The Second Circuit agreed with Judge Louis L. Stanton’s September 16, 2016 decision that allows for the practice of fractional licensing. Below is a statement from ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews on today's decision:

"The Second Circuit’s ruling today is an important victory for music creators across the country. The Court affirms what we have known all along, that the right of public performance allows for the fractional licensing of musical works in our repertories, and the consent decrees do not limit that right. ASCAP and BMI can now continue to offer blanket licenses to our hundreds of thousands of licensees that contain all the shares of works that are in our repertories and the livelihoods of our 650,000 ASCAP songwriter, composer and publisher members can continue to depend on a strong collective licensing system. ASCAP remains committed to making music licensing more efficient, effective and transparent for today’s digital music marketplace.”

-- Elizabeth Matthews, ASCAP CEO