E.U. Warns Copyright Societies Over Antitrust Concerns

Law360, New York (May 3, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission has warned 16 societies that collect royalties for music sold online that they may be breaking antitrust law.

The European Union’s executive body said Monday it has sent a “statement of objections” detailing its regulatory concerns to the organizations.

"The European Commission has warned 16 organizations that collect royalties on behalf of music authors that their so-called Santiago agreement is potentially in breach of EU competition rules," it said in a statement.

The Santiago Agreement allows national organizations to collect music authors' copyright...
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