The Spanish Competition Commission issues a report on the management of IP rights by collecting societies and concludes that their monopolistic position facilitates the distortion of effective competition

On January 19, 2010, the Spanish Competition Commission published a report on collective societies' management of Intellectual Property Rights (“IP rights”) in Spain and concluded that Spanish collecting societies enjoy a monopolistic position that reduces their incentives to operate efficiently, allows them to set unfair and/or discriminatory prices for the repertoires they manage and to obstruct the activities of rights users operating in traditional markets as well as online markets. The report concludes that the restrictions to competition in the sector of IP rights management in Spain result from a combination of barriers to entry and the absence of an appropriate regulatory framework capable of limiting the high bargaining power resulting from the monopolistic position enjoyed by

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Antía Tresandí Blanco, The Spanish Competition Commission issues a report on the management of IP rights by collecting societies and concludes that their monopolistic position facilitates the distortion of effective competition, 19 January 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin Media, Art. N° 30631

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