WASHINGTON, DC—Music rights issues have long been a priority topic in the radio industry. Recently, Radio Ink asked veteran Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorney John Garziglia for his insights into the latest music rights trends, particularly in light of a recent BMI/ASCAP joint letter.

“This joint BMI/ASCAP letter suggests four themes: (1) both entities very much like the status quo; (2) any change to the status quo should give both entities a greater ability to set their own (higher) rates; (3) fractional licensing in which broadcasters and other music users should not be given any assurance that licensing a song through either entity gives a right to perform the song; and (4) broadcasters and other music users should not have any blanket right to any particular song,” Garziglia tells Radio Ink.

Click here to read “An ASCAP/BMI Radio Refresher” at Radio Ink.

John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.