Last month, the Radio Music Licensing Committee filed an antitrust complaint against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights organization for what it called anticompetitive behavior. Wednesday GMR filed its own lawsuit against the radio industry, calling it a “cartel” and alleging that more than 10,000 U.S. radio stations wrongfully colluded to underpay songwriters to play songs on the radio.
Azoff said, “This is the most important fight of my professional life. I will not stop the fight for fairness to artists and songwriters.” GMR attorney Daniel Petrocelli said that station owners conspired to exercise their “collective muscle” and keep their music costs low rather than compete with one another for content.
According to the lawsuit (READ IT HERE), everyone is harmed by this radio industry conspiracy: Songwriters aren’t compensated fairly for their works, new composers are not incentivized to write new hits, and radio listeners could be blocked from hearing their favorite songs.
The 49-page lawsuit, on behalf of GMR’s 71 songwriters, was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.