This time it’s independent publishers slamming their heads into desks in response to the DoJ’s decision – particularly, its insistence that ASCAP and BMI accept the principle of 100% licensing.

In practice, this 100% licensing edict will mean that if a licensee clears a track with one writer/publisher, it won’t need to bother doing so with his or her co-writers or co-publishers.

This ultimately gives tech companies – from vulnerable startups to invulnerable giants – the power to shop around a track’s multiple writers / rights-holders to try and get the cheapest deal.