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CREATe Working Paper on relationship between Collective Management Organisations and competition

About this project
Morten Hviid

John Street

Simone Schroff

Lead investigator(s):
Prof Morten Hviid
Prof John Street
Dr Simone Schroff

Start Date: 1st August 2015
End Date: 30th November 2015


This working paper developed and explored the argument that the use of competition law and competition paradigms by the European Commission, in particular the single market imperative, has influenced negatively the licensing process within the EU online music market. This adverse effect is best illustrated by the difficulties that users – broadcasters, cultural heritage organisations and streaming services – face in licensing work EU-wide in the online environment.

Project outputs include:

Regulating CMOs by competition: an incomplete answer to the licensing problem? – This Working Paper investigated the case for this negative impact of the use of competition policy in the online market. It did so by not only drawing on prior CREATe work on the regulation of CMOs and on the expertise of Centre for Competition Policy at UEA, but also by clearly identifying the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in this new environment. This latter novel element was derived from a comparison of how the distribution of benefits differs between the analogue and digital regime.