The President of the Brussels Commercial Court rules that a collecting society abuses its dominant position through its pricing practice (SABAM)

Since 2017 , SABAM increased its tariffs for concerts and music festivals to 17% for average-sized festivals and 37% for large festivals, with the pricing for small festivals remaining the same. As a result, several festivals and the federation of Flemish music festivals sued SABAM. The claimants argued that SABAM had abused its dominant position by (i) suddenly and significantly increasing its prices without any reason, (ii) determining its prices based on the festival’s total turnover including turnover related to activities and costs that are unrelated to music and (iii) not sufficiently taking into account

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Koen Platteau, Mathieu Vancaillie, The President of the Brussels Commercial Court rules that a collecting society abuses its dominant position through its pricing practice (SABAM), 12 April 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2018, Art. N° 87434

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