The Mannheim Regional Court holds that reciprocal representation agreements concluded between national collecting societies are not void (GEMA / BUMA / STEMRA)

On 7 November 2008, the Regional Court of Mannheim issued a decision on the validity of territorial limitations contained in reciprocal representation agreements concluded between national collecting societies [1]. The case concerned the question whether a national collecting society was entitled to grant cross-border licences not only for their own repertoire but also for the repertoire of their sister societies. Facts The plaintiff, GEMA, is the German collecting society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights. The defendants, BUMA and STEMRA, are the respective collecting societies in the Netherlands. In 1971, GEMA, BUMA and STEMRA signed a reciprocal representation agreement. This agreement allowed the parties to grant licences not only for their own repertoire

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Petra Linsmeier, Moritz Lichtenegger, The Mannheim Regional Court holds that reciprocal representation agreements concluded between national collecting societies are not void (GEMA / BUMA / STEMRA), 7 November 2008, e-Competitions November 2008, Art. N° 26678

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