Starting in 2014, the Obama Administration conducted a prolonged and expensive process of soliciting public suggestions to update the archaic antitrust consent decrees that regulate songwriters represented by the ASCAP and BMI performing rights organizations. Most of these suggestions came from songwriters themselves, but a handful came from digital music services.
Spoiler alert: The ones from digital services and—apparently—front groups for digital services—were the ones that mattered. Especially front groups funded by former clients of Obama Administration officials who were pretty clearly violating a revolving door ban in Executive Branch ethics rules while working on amending the ancient consent decrees. A unilateral amendment that has transmogrified into legislation by any other name.
It has recently come to light as reported out of closed door meetings with at least one conflicted official at the Department of Justice that the Obama Administration has decided to ignore all of the ideas presented by songwriters, publishers and performing rights organizations and focus on the one thing that is almost guaranteed to destroy the PRO system in the U.S.
The Obama White House intends to adopt the punitive policy of “100% licensing” to the great benefit of Google once again. That would be Google, the former client of the conflicted Justice Department official.