EU Restricts Music Fee-Collecting Monopolies

Law360, New York (July 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission has ordered the societies that collect royalty fees for songwriters in Europe to remove allegedly restrictive and anti-competitive clauses from their agreements, breaking up about two dozen national monopolies.

The agency said Wednesday it had given members of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which collect fees for musicians, 120 days to revise cross-border agreements.

Now collectors must allow multiterritorial licenses, which would grant a single license for Internet, satellite and cable music use across all member states. Music broadcasters...
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