In the wake of a series of court cases involving music streaming service Pandora, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department has announced that it plans a review of the agreements that govern songwriting royalties. The DOJ said it would review the consent decrees, which in some cases date back to 1941, between two major performing rights organizations, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI). Publishers have long argued for higher royalty rates for their members on music played on streaming services such as Pandora and they maintain that consent agreements interfere...

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