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Open Letter to Warner/Chappell Songwriters from Jon Platt

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  • September 16, 2016
    Open Letter to Warner/Chappell Songwriters from Jon Platt

    Dear Songwriters,

    I know that the determination of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the issue of 100% licensing of US performance rights in musical compositions has weighed heavily on our minds over the past several months. In July, I wrote to you, promising to keep you up-to-date on everything that happens, as it happens. 

    Today, I am very pleased to inform you of the result of a legal challenge brought by BMI against the DOJ. Just this afternoon, Judge Stanton ruled that the BMI consent decree does not require 100% licensing.  As he states: "The consent decree neither bars fractional licensing nor requires full-work licensing."

    While I'm sure this story will continue to unfold, this is a fantastic result which should give us hope that the status quo for US performance rights licensing will not be upended.  This is a big win, not just for BMI, but for all publishers and songwriters. 

    My personal congratulations to the BMI team for this wonderful outcome. 

    Yours sincerely,
    Jon Platt
    Chairman & CEO
    Warner/Chappell Music

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on September 16, 2016 - 6:56pm

Dear Songwriters,

I know that the determination of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the issue of 100% licensing of US performance rights in musical compositions has weighed heavily on our minds over the past several months. In July, I wrote to you, promising to keep you up-to-date on everything that happens, as it happens. 

Today, I am very pleased to inform you of the result of a legal challenge brought by BMI against the DOJ. Just this afternoon, Judge Stanton ruled that the BMI consent decree does not require 100% licensing.  As he states: "The consent decree neither bars fractional licensing nor requires full-work licensing."

While I'm sure this story will continue to unfold, this is a fantastic result which should give us hope that the status quo for US performance rights licensing will not be upended.  This is a big win, not just for BMI, but for all publishers and songwriters. 

My personal congratulations to the BMI team for this wonderful outcome. 

Yours sincerely,
Jon Platt
Chairman & CEO
Warner/Chappell Music