EU: Music Collecting Societies Must Compete

As the barriers between countries break down with regard to digital album sales, the European Commission said Wednesday that societies that collect music copyright fees for artists must end deals to stop competing against each other across borders, Reuters reports.

The report said that the Commission imposed no fines on their umbrella group, known as CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. But they have 90 days to terminate existing agreements with other countries.

The Commission ruled that collecting societies can continue to hold monopolies inside their countries, but must end certain cross-border agreements, the report said. “The removal of these restrictions will allow authors to choose which collecting society manages their copyright,” the Commission said in a statement.