Collecting societies make their case in Europe
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
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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