Consultation on collecting societies' Santiago agreements

Commission notice (2 pages, PDF) inviting comments on proposed commitments (copies available here) by the Belgian and Dutch collecting societies for music writers and composers not to enter into agreements with other collecting societies which restrict the right to issue multi-repertoire licences to the society responsible for the country in which the content provider "has its actual and economic location". These undertakings have been proposed as part of the Commission's review of the compliance with Article 81 of the proposed Santiago agreements between these collecting societies, which are intended to facilitate the issue of multi-repertoire licences (i.e. licences covering music for which several collecting societies have licensing responsibility in the first instance). Multi-repertoire licences are thought likely to be particularly relevant to online music services. Responses by 17 September 2005.

Filed under Article 81, DG Competition, Media.

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