Siding with music users, the Justice Department concludes that the consent decrees call for “full-work” — rather than “fractional” — music licensing. ASCAP and BMI head to court and Congress.
O’Neill, who has served BMI for nearly 20 years, starts in his new role as CEO and board president on Sept. 16. He replaces Del Bryant, who worked for BMI for 42 years.
The new agreements run retroactively from Jan. 1, 2005, through Dec. 31, 2017, and will cover a station’s primary channel as well as multicast channels, websites and other digital platforms.
The recent settlement reached between the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Television Music License Committee reduces the fees paid by station to ASCAP for both blanket and per-program license fees for 2012 through 2016. In addition, the new licenses will cover all broadcasts by stations, including both primary channel broadcasts and those made on [multicast] secondary digital channels.