Spain Fines IP Rights Group €1.8M For Abusing Dominance

Law360, New York (July 6, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT) -- Spain's antitrust watchdog said Friday that it had fined an intellectual property management group nearly €1.8 million ($2.2 million) for abusing its dominant position in charging unfair and confusing rates for the right to play music at events.

The National Competition Commission, CNC, said that the General Society of Authors and Publishers, SGAE — an organization that grants intellectual property licenses under Spanish copyright law — failed to provide transparent and equitable rates for the use of dance music at events like weddings, baptisms and communions....
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