EU Authorities Push For Broader Music Licenses

Law360, New York (May 26, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- European antitrust regulators on Tuesday urged music industry participants to license music more freely so that music from online sites such as iTunes will be available to consumers across Europe rather than, as it is now, on a country-by-country basis.

After a roundtable on online commerce Tuesday, the European commissioner for competition, Neelie Kroes, welcomed progress by a few companies, lauding in particular a confirmation by French royalty-collecting society SACEM that it would be willing to entrust other collecting societies with licensing of its music repertoire,...
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