BMI released a statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the proposed direct license deal from Discovery Networks. It reads :
BMI is very concerned with reports of a policy change at Discovery Networks that would decimate the livelihoods of the composers who create music for their programming.
Discovery’s plan would set a very dangerous precedent for all creators and also take advantage of composers who either don’t fully realize the impact on their future earnings or simply have no other choice but to sign away their rights.
We are surprised to hear that Discovery would take such an aggressive position against creators and urge it to reconsider.
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