UK music copyright company challenges EC antitrust ruling Devin Montgomery at 4:53 PM ET
[JURIST] British music royalty collection society MCPS-PRS Alliance [corporate website] on Friday challenged a European Commission (EC) antitrust [backgrounder] decision limiting the control such organizations have over copyright use agreements. In July, the EC ruled [press release; FAQ] the current exclusivity deals the single-country societies had were effectively domestic monopolies in violation of Article 81 of the European Commission Treaty and Article 53 of the European Economic Area Agreement [text downloads, PDF]. The EC made the ruling after a challenge to the deals brought by radio broadcasting company RTL Group [corporate website], in which it sought the ability to make multinational use agreements with a single rights holder. The Financial Times has more.
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