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US songwriters challenge ruling on licensing

Music industry has long been unsatisfied by the rates paid by online companies

(From right) Songwriters of North America's Ms Lewis, Kay Hanley and Shelly Peiken. Ms Lewis and the advocacy group she helped found a year ago is suing the Justice Department.

New York

WHEN Michelle Lewis, a Los Angeles songwriter, gets her quarterly royalty statements from ASCAP, she receives a stark reminder of how songs are valued in the digital age. The tunes she writes for TV shows such as Disney's Doc McStuffins bring in thousands of dollars, but