BMI Appeals Ruling That Lets Venues Route Around BMI, Claiming It Somehow Harms Musicians
from the uh,-what-now? dept
At the end of July, we wrote about a court ruling that DMX, a commercial provider of music (a la muzak) to restaurants, bars and the like, had won a lawsuit, which would allow it to deduct money from the blanket license it had to pay collection society BMI if it did licensing deals directly with BMI artists. Not surprisingly, BMI is none too happy about this ruling and it has appealed it. What I find fascinating, of course, is how BMI tries to spin this:
“On behalf of our songwriters, composers and music publishers, we will not allow this ruling to stand without an appeal,” said Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO. “Our writers and publishers should not be expected to lose more than half of their income from DMX based on the court?s erroneous holdings, which substantially reduce the value of their creative efforts.”
But that makes no sense. If the writers and publishers made significantly less with DMX, why would they enter into a separate agreement with DMX? The “problem” would solve itself because no BMI covered artists would sign a direct deal with DMX.