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ASCAP's 'Old Boy' network
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-05-17
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Source: Mi2N - May 14, 2002

Two proposed amendments to ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Articles of Association have infuriated some members.

Most of the 35 amendments deal with updating language and conforming the Articles to ASCAP's new Consent Decree. But two would make significant changes to ASCAP's election and grievance procedures, they say.

"Now the old boy network is blatantly squeezing out the little guy by requiring hundreds of member signatures to even put a candidate on the ballot and challenge the Board nominated candidates," said Norman Chesky of Manhattan Production Music.

He went on that ASCAP's policy of refusing to disclose the identity of its members or provide any contact information, "makes fulfilling the proposed new requirement a practical impossibility" and said several ASCAP members are looking into whether or not the proposed amendments would constitute a restraint of trade, unfair business practice or other anti-competitive conduct.

Of the two amendments, he added that one would impose stringent new standards on members wanting to run for the Board of Directors, while the other would reduce the purview of ASCAP's internal Board of Review, making it harder for members to bring protests. Both Policies have been in effect for more than 40 years, and neither appeared to be the subject of abuse, he said.

Ballots were mailed out last week and the vote was held on the Thursday, May 16th.

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