Irving Azoff's Global Music Rights Offers Temporary License to Radio Stations

FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME The Eagles photographed in 1977. GMR represents songs by the Eagles, Metallica, One Republic, Drake, Pharrell Williams and John Lennon, among others. While the Radio Music Licensing Committee and Global Music Rights continue to pursue anti-trust litigation against each other, the boutique performance rights organization started by Irving Azoff is offering temporary licenses that will allow radio stations to continue playing GMR songs without worrying about copyright infringement lawsuits. According to a statement issued on behalf of GMR by lawyer Dan Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Myers, representing the PRO in the antitrust litigation; and a letter to RMLC members from RMLC chairman Ed Christian, radio stations have until Jan. 31 to sign an interim license agreement with GMR, which will cover them for playing the PROs songs through Sept. 30, 2017. Each station willing to enter into the interim license has to contact GMR to see what their fee will be. However, the interim licensing agreement will leave each party the right to seek a retroactive fee adjustment, which could be based on a future licensing agreement subsequent to the interim license; the outcome of the antitrust litigation between the RMLC and GMR; or a possible rate settlement between the RMLC and GMR. Any station that signs the interim license agreement by Jan. 31 and pays the applicable interim license fee will not be subject to copyright infringement claims while the interim license is in effect. This kind of agreement is sometimes known as a stand-still agreement that takes the threat of copyright infringement claims out of rate negotiations, especially when a tight deadline is involved. The music of some...

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