The EU Court of Justice rules that the fee structure for music played at festivals adopted by a Belgian collecting society is not abusive (SABAM)

On 25 November 2020, the Court of Justice ((“ECJ”) delivered a judgment in Case C-327/19, ruling 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 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

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Dilja Helgadottir, The EU Court of Justice rules that the fee structure for music played at festivals adopted by a Belgian collecting society is not abusive (SABAM) , 25 November 2020, e-Competitions November 2020, Art. N° 98219

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