The new 100% licensing rule from the DOJ would force any ASCAP or BMI co-writers to license Pharrell’s work to YouTube.
As a result I find it extremely curious that the DOJ official that has apparently spearheaded the drive to change the rules once worked for Google. And why the fuck is the DOJ even involved in music licensing anyway? Shouldn’t they be investigating ISIS or something?
If I were Pharrell Williams I’d ask Michael Horowitz the Inspector General of the Department of Justice to look into this matter. Not saying there’s necessarily anything there but it’s not a good look for an already embattled DOJ. Think of it as a confidence building measure.