The Latvian Competition Authority fines collective copyright management association for excessive pricing (AKKA/LAA)

The CC fines collective copyright management association for excessive pricing* On 2 April the Competition Council of Latvia (CC) adopted a decision to fine the collective copyright management association AKKA/LAA for abuse of dominant position. Royalty tariffs for music airplay in retail spaces and customer service areas set by AKKA/LAA to small and medium business in Latvia were substantially higher than equivalent tariffs not only in the neighbouring Lithuania and Estonia, but also in the majority of other EU member states. Music airplay in premises that do not exceed 300 m2 in Latvia cost businesses at least twice as much as in Lithuania and Estonia, which are the countries of comparable economy and welfare level as Latvia. Tariffs in Estonia are substantially lower in all

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Latvian Competition Authority, The Latvian Competition Authority fines collective copyright management association for excessive pricing (AKKA/LAA), 2 April 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2013, Art. N° 58150

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