UK Competition Watchdog Expresses Serious Concerns Over Live Nation’s MCD Acquisition

Live Nation recently received approval from Irish regulators to purchase MCD Productions, a Dublin-based concert-promotion company. Accordingly, the deal seemed set to go off without a hitch—until recently, that is, when U.K. watchdogs indicated that t… Continue Reading

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UK Competition Watchdog Aims to Have Viagogo Found in Contempt

Earlier this week, and in a surprise ruling, the Council of State ordered the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) to return a €1 million ($1.1 million) fine to Viagogo. The London-based secondary ticketing platform had vehemently denied it remains leg… Continue Reading

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U.S. Department of Justice Opens a Formal Inquiry Into ASCAP & BMI Consent Decrees

The DOJ is now taking a look at 1940s-era regulations that heavily restrict music publishers and songwriters. The U.S. Department of Justice is now taking a formal look into consent decrees that dictate pricing and other practices for public performanc… Continue Reading

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Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google Unilaterally Challenge the CRB’s 44% Songwriter Royalty Increase

Last month, National Music Publishers’ Association president David Israelite stated that any challenge to the CRB’s proposed mechanical royalty increases would be ‘declaring war on songwriters‘. Well, if that’s the case, the enemy assault is coming fro… Continue Reading

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US Radio Stations, Restaurants, Spotify, Tech Giants Speak Out on PRO Consent Decrees: ‘They Are More Critical Than Ever’

ASCAP and BMI say they’re stodgy, antiquated laws.  But a consortium of radio stations, restaurants, hotels, and and major tech giants like Spotify and Google/Alphabet are defending the Department of Justice’s long-running Consent Decrees as necessary … Continue Reading

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