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US songwriters challenge ruling on licensing

Music industry has long been unsatisfied by the rates paid by online companies
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 05:50

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(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.

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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

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