The Brussels Court of Appeal confirms that an association of authors requiring signature of its master agreement in order to grant authorisations to duplicate CDs could not be considered as an abuse of dominant position (SPRL 3.14 / SABAM)

Introduction In a judgment of 10 September 2009, the Brussels Court of Appeal confirmed a decision of the Commercial Tribunal which ruled that the requirement by an association of authors of the signature of its Master agreement in order to grant authorisations to duplicate CDs could not be considered as an abuse of dominant position. Background "3.14" is a company that manages the pressing and the duplication of artistic works on Audio storage. It is primarily an intermediary between its clients and pressing factories to which it places CD orders on behalf of its clients. SABAM, a Belgian association of authors, composers and publishers, represents the interests of its members with respect to intellectual property rights, and collects the royalties due each time

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Karen Luzi, The Brussels Court of Appeal confirms that an association of authors requiring signature of its master agreement in order to grant authorisations to duplicate CDs could not be considered as an abuse of dominant position (SPRL 3.14 / SABAM), 10 September 2009, e-Competitions September 2009, Art. N° 30448

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