Music Choice Wins European Licensing Case
Following the announcement yesterday that the European Commission has issued an indictment, known as a 'Statement of Objections' to the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and its EEA members, Music Choice has reiterated its belief that this decision is a significant step towards more efficient and transparent pan-European licensing of music.
Music Choice, a leading digital music brand and a pan-European broadcaster, along with another well-known, pan-European media company, raised the complaint in objection to certain restrictions and mutual agreements, commonly known as 'reciprocal representation agreements' or 'market-sharing' between European collecting societies that contravened the EC Treaty's prohibition of restrictive business practices.
According to the European Commission's announcement yesterday, the Statement of Objections upholds these complaints.
Margot Daly, chief executive of Music Choice commented: "We are thrilled at the Commission's finding. The decision on this long-running case while in support of Music Choice and our co-complainant is really a decision in support of open, transparent, and efficient copyright licensing across Europe. The 20+-year old system is out of sync with the modern world and this decision indicates that the market must find better and easier ways to benefit every area of the music supply chain.
"With 12 years of music licensing experience, Music Choice decided to collaborate with our co-complainant on this case in order to achieve greater transparency and fairness for broadcasters and rights-owners alike.
"We believe that competitive, pan-European licensing will significantly grow the market for the distribution of music on all platforms, which can only be a good thing for authors, broadcasters, and consumers."
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