The EU Court of Justice publishes its judgement stating that the fee structure for music played at festivals adopted by the belgian collecting society is not necessary abusive (SABAM)

On November 25, 2020, the Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rendered its judgment in Case C-327/19, stating that the fee structure for music played at festivals adopted by the Belgian collecting society SABAM is not necessarily abusive under Article 102 TFEU. The case originated with a request for a preliminary ruling from the Antwerp Business Court (Ondermingsrechtbank Antwerpi) in two disputes — the first between Belgische Vereniging van Auteurs, Componisten en Uitgevers CVBA (“SABAM”) and the company Weareone World BVBA (“W.W”) and the second between SABAM and the company Wecandance NV (“WCD”) — concerning royalties collected by SABAM for the use of musical works in its repertoire at festivals organized by W.W and WCD and over unpaid

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  • Portolano Cavallo (Milan)
  • Portolano Cavallo (Milan)

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Enzo Marasà, Irene Picciano, The EU Court of Justice publishes its judgement stating that the fee structure for music played at festivals adopted by the belgian collecting society is not necessary abusive (SABAM), 25 November 2020, e-Competitions November 2020, Art. N° 100117

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