I believe the “temporary” (1941) consent decrees are unconstitutional. Here’s my letter to the DOJ. On the eve of the Senate hearing read this.
What follows are the comments I submitted to the DOJ against the ASCAP/BMI consent decrees. You have until the end of the day today to submit comments. http://www.justice.gov/atr/cases/ascap-bmi-decree-review.html
The Consent Decrees Violate Individual Rights.
I am an American songwriter, a member of BMI and a member of the bands Cracker and Camper van Beethoven. I’m submitting this comment on my own behalf in opposition to the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. I believe these government actions essentially are a compulsory license outside of the Congress and take away songwriters’ rights to due process of law.
Just to be clear, I am not saying that Justice Department consent decrees in general are oppressive. I am saying that the way these particular consent decrees operate is oppressive to songwriters. That operation is oppressive because of the extremely long period of time they have been in effect, because they take away…
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