On 20 April 2023, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) imposed interim measures on Meta and ordered Meta to negotiate in good faith with the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (“SIAE”), alleging that SIAE was economically dependent on Meta and that Meta, by terminating negotiations for a license to SIAE’s repertoire of music used on Meta’s social platforms, had abused its market power vis-à-vis SIAE. In imposing the interim measures, the ICA relied for the first time on a new provision introduced in Italy in August 2022 (VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2022, No. 8/9) which establishes a presumption of economic dependence of an undertaking using intermediation services
The Italian Competition Authority imposes interim measures against a Big Tech company in the ongoing investigation concerning an alleged abuse of economic dependence in digital markets (SIAE / Meta)
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