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December 19, 2017
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Second Circuit Fractional Licensing Decision

WASHINGTON -- In response to today's decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that allows BMI to engage in fractional licensing, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

“NAB is extremely disappointed with the court’s decision allowing fractional licensing of BMI songs played on radio and television stations, as well as in countless venues across America. If sustained, this decision could disrupt the music licensing marketplace and impede the delivery of music to listeners and viewers, resulting in less airplay for their favorite songs.

"For decades, NAB and BMI have had a mutually beneficial relationship that has benefited songwriters, broadcasters and tens of millions of listeners who enjoy hearing their favorite songs on free and local radio and television. We look forwarding to finding common ground with our songwriter friends to continue that partnership.”

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