ALERTS: UNILATERAL PRACTICES - EUROPEAN UNION - DOMINANT POSITION - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - ENTERTAINMENT - ABUSE OF DOMINANT POSITION - COPYRIGHT

Copyright: Advocate General Pitruzzella invites the Court to clarify the conditions under which a copyright management organisation in a de facto monopoly situation may be required to impose unfair royalties on organisers of music festivals which are liable to constitute an abuse of a dominant position (SABAM / W.W, WCD)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On 16 July 2020, Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella delivered his Opinion in Case C-372/19 (SABAM).which follows the reference for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunal de l'entreprise d'Anvers (Antwerp Works Tribunal) concerning the remuneration charged to music festivals by a Belgian copyright management body - SABAM -, incidentally in a de facto monopoly situation, for the use of the repertoire for which it is responsible. In the main proceedings, two organisers of music festivals challenge the validity of tariff 211, applied by SABAM, which they consider unfair because it does not correspond to the economic value of the service provided by SABAM.

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Alain Ronzano, Copyright: Advocate General Pitruzzella invites the Court to clarify the conditions under which a copyright management organisation in a de facto monopoly situation may be required to impose unfair royalties on organisers of music festivals which are liable to constitute an abuse of a dominant position (SABAM / W.W, WCD), 16 July 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 95851, www.concurrences.com

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