The Greek Competition Authority considers that the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property has abused its dominant position on the market for the administration of the intellectual property rights of Greek and foreign composers (AEPI)

A number of Greek composers and the Association of Greek composers complained to the Hellenic Competition Commission (Competition Commission) that the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AEPI), a profit making organization of collective administration and distribution of intellectual property (IP) rights' royalties to its members, which are almost the totality of Greek creators, had abused its dominant position and thus infringed Article 2 of the Greek Competition Act 703/1977, which prohibits abusive behavior. The plaintiffs claimed that AEPI had refused, without good reason to administer only parts of the IP rights of composers or solely for the Greek territory. Indeed, the creators choosing to assign the administration and protection of their IP rights to

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Ioannis Lianos, The Greek Competition Authority considers that the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property has abused its dominant position on the market for the administration of the intellectual property rights of Greek and foreign composers (AEPI), 14 July 2003, e-Competitions July 2003, Art. N° 421

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