On May 12, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) agreed to pay $1.75 million and reform its practices to settle allegations that it violated a previous antitrust settlement. The DOJ claimed that ASCAP entered into approximately 150 exclusive licensing agreements with songwriters and music publishers in violation of the terms of the court-ordered consent decree designed to prevent anticompetitive effects arising from ASCAP’s licensing practices. The proposed settlement also requires ASCAP to adopt a revamped compliance program to minimize the likelihood of future violations. The proposed settlement is subject to approval.