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Many self-described free marketeers vociferously oppose antitrust laws: “Antitrust laws also referred to as competition laws, are statutes developed by the U.S. government to protect consumers from predatory business practices. They ensure that fair competition exists in an open-market economy. “These laws have evolved along with the market, vigilantly guarding against would-be monopolies and disruptions to the…

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Whenever the issue of songwriting royalties arises, the most common reaction is “Wait a second – the federal government sets music royalty rates?” Yes – sad, but true. Trump Signs Sweeping New Music Licensing Legislation: “The bipartisan act addresses music licensing and royalty legislation, among other issues related to music rights….. “The legislation includes a…

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Government damages and destroys everything it touches. Things afflicted with any sort of government – warp and wither. At the very least, they are hampered from better bettering their situations. The federal government is a $4-trillion-a-year nightmare mess. The Barack Obama Administration spent eight years endlessly expanding government – time and again to our national…

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When the government grants a monopoly, it shouldn’t surprise the monopoly that strings come attached. The music business is exactly such a monopoly. For more than 75 years, entities called Performance Rights Organizations – two of which, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) together control about 90…