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SC Graham Thank You Letter


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SC Groups Thank Chairman Lindsey Graham

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SC Graham Thank You Letter

  1. 1. June 28, 2019 The Honorable Lindsey Graham Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Graham, On behalf of our member businesses, the thousands of local restaurants, retailers, hotels, breweries and TV and radio broadcast stations across South Carolina, we thank you for your recent efforts to prevent disruption in the music licensing marketplace. Your effective and even-handed oversight of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) review of its antitrust consent decrees with the two largest Performing Rights Organizations (PROs), the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), is incredibly meaningful to our industries’ ability to continue to fairly and efficiently license music and perform it for our patrons and communities across the Palmetto State. From the Lowcountry to Upstate, whether you are shopping at the neighborhood grocery store, listening to a high school football game on local radio, or visiting any of our hospitality establishments across our great State, music is critical to our way of life. The ASCAP and BMI consent decrees provide critical music licensing protections for our businesses that ensure songwriters are fairly compensated without running afoul of antitrust laws. Accordingly, we are grateful for your wisdom and willingness to engage the Antitrust Division and express concern that, should DOJ move to terminate or even sunset the decrees without first working with your Committee and Congress to develop an alternative licensing framework, severe disruption would result to the entire music licensing marketplace. We pledge to continue to engage in good faith to assist your Committee in exploring such alternatives and preventing this unnecessary harm to such a wide swath of our local economy. Thank you again for your leadership on this important matter and we ask for your continued engagement and oversight. Sincerely, Margaret Wallace Executive Director South Carolina Broadcasters Association Brook Bristow Executive Director South Carolina Brewers Guild John Durst President & CEO South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association Rebecca Leach Executive Director South Carolina Retail Association