The European Commission moves forward next week with a legal proceeding against copyright companies that refuse to negotiate rights for more than one country in the European Union.
The news is released today by the French newspaper Les Echos, which guarantees that a request for intervention is on the way to the Directorate-General for Competition alleging that these entities are harming competition in Europe, by acting in the market with territorial exclusivity and refusing to grant licenses for several states.
The European authorities argue that this type of action is a disregard for European laws and an obstacle to competition for companies operating in more than one country in the Union and, therefore, need to negotiate rights of use for licenses on a case-by-case basis.
It should be remembered that a recently approved recommendation aims precisely to raise this type of barriers and to promote businesses such as music sales online, whose growth in Europe was artificially halted by limitations on the granting of licenses by organizations that manage copyright, considers the EC.
The aim is to set the stage for the creation of a single European copyright licensing model. The authorities to be notified will have a normal period of two months to respond to the European Commission, defending themselves against the charges.
It should be emphasized that the rights management authorities of countries such as the Netherlands or Belgium have agreed to make changes in the way they operate, in order to overcome nationality barriers, even before a public consultation on the subject, which would end for leading to the subsequent recommendation.
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