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Justice Department to review music licensing rules; Pandora responds
Justice Department to review music licensing rules; Pandora responds

Following a long battle between music rights-holders and Internet radio giant Pandora Media Inc. over songwriter royalties, the U.S. Department of Justice is stepping in. The department said it has opened a review of its consent decrees governing music licensing groups that collect royalties from the use of their members' songs and compositions on radio, television and Internet services -- rules that have been in place since the days of Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and Billie Holiday. Licensing groups ASCAP and BMI, also known as performing rights organizations, and publishers including Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group argue that the consent decrees entered in 1941 are...

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