Ross J. Charap

Ross J. Charap

Ross Charap is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. For more than 40 years, the focus of his practice has been music, representing collective licensing organizations, songwriters, music publishers, and recording artists in their transactional, licensing, and litigation matters. Ross also specializes in helping his clients buy and sell music assets, performing due diligence, and negotiating and drafting purchase or sales agreements. To date, Ross and his team have closed music asset transactions worth over a half billion dollars.

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BMI Redux: BMI Seeks To Move To “Clarify” The DOJ Position On Partial Licenses

As we have previously blogged, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected proposed modifications to the existing Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”) and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) consent decrees. Nor did the DOJ purport to change any of the existing interpretations of the decrees.

As we predicted, BMI and ASCAP are challenging the DOJ action. … Continue Reading

DOJ Rejects Modifications of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

On August 4, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected changes to the 1941 consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. These decrees have been in place since 1941, when the DOJ settled antitrust claims with ASCAP and BMI relating to joint licensing of competing songs. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”) are … Continue Reading