The European Commission conditionally approves merger in the music publishing business addressing the issue of market power of music publishers in view of evolutions in digital music publishing (Universal/BMG)

"Universal / BMG: Market power of music publishers in view of evolutions in digital music publishing"* On 22 May 2007, the European Commission approved, subject to conditions, the acquisition by Universal Music Group Inc. (“Universal”) of BMG Music Publishing (“BMG”). Both companies are active in the music publishing business. An in-depth market investigation has shown that no competition concerns would arise from the merger where the copyrights are administered by the collecting societies who usually charge uniform tariffs for all songs. However, in the field of online rights (including rights for mobile applications), publishers have recently started to withdraw rights from this traditional collecting societies system which is likely to shift pricing power over these rights from the

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  • European Commission - DG CNECT (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • SGAE - Secrétariat Général des Affaires Européennes (Paris)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)

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Peter Eberl, Johannes Luebking, Sandra Kijewski, Bertrand Jehanno, Franck Dupont, The European Commission conditionally approves merger in the music publishing business addressing the issue of market power of music publishers in view of evolutions in digital music publishing (Universal/BMG), 22 May 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin May 2007, Art. N° 35843

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