The Dutch Competition Authority clears a collective performance rights organisation of allegations of price discrimination and excessive pricing (Fresh FM / Buma)

Introduction On the 16 January 2003, the commercial regional radio station Fresh FM submitted a complaint to the Dutch Competition Authority, the Nma [1], regarding the tariffs charged by Buma [2], the Dutch collective performance rights organization, to its clients. Fresh FM accused Buma of abusing its dominant position, by charging excessive and discriminatory prices. There are different types of radio stations, all consuming the copyrights distributed by Buma. According to Fresh FM, Buma would apply discriminatory prices to regional commercial stations compared to national regional commercial stations, and would also discriminate between commercial and public stations. Prices would also be excessive compared to other EU countries. On the 10th of May 2008, the NMa cleared Buma of

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An Renckens, The Dutch Competition Authority clears a collective performance rights organisation of allegations of price discrimination and excessive pricing (Fresh FM / Buma), 2 April 2008, e-Competitions April 2008, Art. N° 19854

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