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Collecting societies make their case in Europe

Emma Barraclough, London

Members of collecting societies across Europe are heading to Luxembourg this week to tell Europe’s General Court why they should not be forced to offer cross-border services for collecting and distributing royalties for music

Over the next two months, the Court will hear from 22 collecting societies and CISAC, the organisation which brings together all of the groups, as they try to persuade the judges to overturn a 2008 antitrust decision by the European Commission.

In its decision, the Commission told 24 collecting societies across the EU to end practices in their contracts that limit a collecting society to acting only within its own domestic market, effectively preventing them from offering EU-wide services.

The EU’s antitrust watchdog launched an investigation into the way collecting societies operate after receiving complaints from broadcaster RTL and online...

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