Deadline Passes for DOJ Appeal: Fractional Licensing Decision Stands

March 20, 2018

Yesterday, the deadline passed for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to file an appeal with the US Supreme Court regarding fractional licensing under the PRO consent decrees. As no appeal was filed by the DOJ, the final decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals stands that the consent decrees allow ASCAP and BMI to continue to engage in the historic practice of fractional licensing. This is an important victory for the songwriting, composing and music publishing communities which allows ASCAP and BMI to focus on our legislative effort to modernize music licensing through passage of the Music Modernization Act.