A Spanish Court clears the main national collecting society’s pricing practice (Canal Satélite Digital / DTS / SGAE)

A Spanish commercial judge has made an interesting contribution to the series of cases under EC antitrust law concerning the pricing practices of national copyright-management societies (hereinafter, “collecting societies”). The two applicants are digital TV platforms offering their clients access to a number of channels against the payment of a monthly fee. They also sell pay-per-view contents consisting, basically, of sports programmes and films. Most other Spanish TV stations (including the state owned TVE) charge no fee to their viewers and there is no TV tax in the country. Therefore the applicants' business model, based on a no fee/no signal rule (hereinafter “pay TV”), is rather unique. In 2003 the applicants merged and since then have been operating a single digital TV platform

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Aitor Montesa Lloreda, Angel Givaja Sanz, A Spanish Court clears the main national collecting society’s pricing practice (Canal Satélite Digital / DTS / SGAE), 25 January 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2006, Art. N° 1148

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