Court Settlement Concerning Radio Fees, ASCAP and BMI

By Dwight Worden

On January 27, 2012, Federal Judge Denise L. Cote of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a settlement resolving two years of litigation between the Radio Musical License Committee (RMLC) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), concerning the fees payable by U.S. commercial radio to publicly perform ASCAP's 8.5 million+ musical works.  Shortly thereafter a similar settlement with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) was announced.

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