The European Commission prohibits European collecting societies from restricting competition as regards the conditions for the management and licensing of authors’ public performance rights for musical works (CISAC)

"The CISAC decision - creating competition between collecting societies for music rights"*I. Introduction On 16 July 2008 the European Commission adopted a decision prohibiting 24 European collecting societies from restricting competition as regards the conditions for the management and licensing of authors’ public performance rights for musical works [1]. The collecting societies were found to have restricted the services they offer to authors and commercial users outside their domestic territory. The Commission took the view that a series of measures, including membership and territorial restrictions incorporated in the reciprocal representation agreements concluded between the collecting societies constituted infringements of Article 81 of the EC Treaty and Article 53 of the EEA

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Alain Andries, Bruno Julien-Malvy, The European Commission prohibits European collecting societies from restricting competition as regards the conditions for the management and licensing of authors’ public performance rights for musical works (CISAC), 16 July 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin Commitment Decisions, Art. N° 35236

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