Spain Opens Music Industry Agency Antitrust Probe

Law360, New York (June 28, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT) -- Spain's competition regulator said Friday it's investigating the General Society of Authors and Publishers, or SGAE, the country's primary collecting agency for music publishers and songwriters, over alleged violations of the country's antitrust laws.

The Spanish National Competition Commission, or CNC, said there are reasonable grounds to believe that the SGAE is using its dominant market position unfairly in the way it grants television content providers the rights to broadcast their members' music on TV broadcasts.

SGAE, through its agreements with certain TV operators, is unreasonably...
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