Songwriters Want Antitrust Probe Of EU Broadcasters

Law360, New York (February 29, 2012, 4:09 PM EST) -- A group of composers and songwriters has filed a complaint with the European Commission accusing prominent broadcasters of diminishing competition by forcing them to hand over the rights to their copyrighted work at unfair prices, the group said Wednesday.

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance alleges that more than 15 major broadcasters, including the British Broadcasting Corp. and British Sky Broadcasting, routinely coerce composers into signing over the rights to their work to the stations as part of their contracts to receive commissions, according to an...
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