DOJ keeps the 80-year-old music licensing rules affecting Apple Music intact

The Department of Justice has chosen to keep the 80-year consent decrees related to music licensing rules intact, a decision that keeps the way Apple Music grants song and song licenses unchanged without major legal changes.

Examining whether the 1941 consensus decrees apply appropriately to the modern music industry by the Department of Justice has been a closely monitored affair, as it had the potential to change the way licensing fees are determined. On Friday, the department offered its decision to keep the consent decrees active.

The 80-year decrees dictate the operation of the performance rights organizations of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), particularly with regards to music licensing. The two PROs may provide a license to companies, broadcasters and streaming services which include the usage rights held by songwriters, composers and others, for the use of the music.

This also includes music services such as …

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