Protecting music, not markets: the conflict between copyright collecting societies and single market aims

Benjamin Farrand

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This chapter provides an overview of the current case law relating to the activities of collecting societies, music licensing organisations which purport to protect the interests of creators. However, collecting societies act in ways which are detrimental to the further integration of the market for intellectual property goods, in particular raising concerns under competition and free movement regimes. With proposed reform at the EU level faltering, we should ask whether collecting societies fulfil an essential service to musicians, or whether the extension of national monopolies to the online environment should be carefully scrutinised.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowRight 2010
Subtitle of host publicationknowledge rights - legal, societal and related technological aspects. Conference Proceedings May 5-6, 2010, Vienna, Austria
EditorsErich Schweighofer, Jens Gaster, Benjamin Farrand
Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventKnowRight 2010 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 5 May 20106 May 2010


ConferenceKnowRight 2010


  • protection
  • music
  • copyright law
  • music licensing organisations
  • collecting societies
  • intellectual property

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