The EU Court of Justice Advocate General Pitruzzella guides on the method for calculating royalties that may lead to an abuse of dominance of a Belgian collecting society (SABAM)

On 16 July 2020, Advocate General (“AG”) Pitruzzella issued an opinion in Case C-327/19, advising the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) on whether the method for calculating royalties used by SABAM, the Belgian collecting society, amounts to an abuse of a dominant position under Article 102 TFEU. The case came before the ECJ by way of a request for a preliminary ruling from the Antwerp Business Court (Ondermingsrechtbank Antwerp). The Antwerp court issued the request in the context of disputes between SABAM and festival organisers Weareone. World and Wecandance over unpaid royalties for music used in the Tomorrowland and Wecandance festivals between 2013-2016. In response, the

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Eugenia Caracciolo-Drudis, The EU Court of Justice Advocate General Pitruzzella guides on the method for calculating royalties that may lead to an abuse of dominance of a Belgian collecting society (SABAM), 16 July 2020, e-Competitions July 2020, Art. N° 96289

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