GMR Extends Interim Music Licenses

On August 8, The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) announced that music licensing firm Global Music Rights (GMR) has extended its interim licensing extension through March 31, 2018.

The original interim agreement was set to expire September 30,  2017.

RMLC’s antitrust litigation against GMR in Philadelphia remains ongoing and the RMLC asked GMR to offer extensions of its interim licenses.  Initially, GMR stated that it was willing to offer interim license extensions to all radio stations, except those that are “owned by companies headquartered or based in Pennsylvania.” As for these Pennsylvania-based entities, GMR stated (including on its website) that it would not do business with those entities after their current licenses expire.

After legal filings and discussions with GMR and the court, GMR has committed to the court that it would offer license extensions to all stations, including those “owned by companies headquartered or based in Pennsylvania” through March 31, 2018.

That means, despite anything to the contrary on GMR’s website, GMR has agreed to offer all U.S. commercial radio stations, including stations “owned by companies headquartered or based in Pennsylvania,” the opportunity to extend their existing interim licenses until March 31, 2018. GMR will offer these interim license extensions on the same terms (including price) as each station’s existing interim license, except for the new end date. If you wish to negotiate an extension of your interim license with GMR please contact GMR directly before your current license expires on September 30, 2017.

If GMR refuses to offer you an interim license extension on the same terms as your existing license, please let Bill Velez at the RMLC know so that we can address it with the Philadelphia court.

Velez can be reached at bill@radiomlc.org or (615) 844-6260.

In the meantime, RMLC intends to continue to pursue its litigation against GMR.

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