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Alleged abuse of dominance in the copyright sector

The Italian Competition Authority launched an investigation into NUOVOIMAIE, a collecting society dealing with the performer’s neighbouring rights, to verify whether it had infringed Art. 102 TFUE by hindering entry of potential competitors. Lear helped NUOVOIMAIE design effective remedies to alleviate the anticompetitive concerns raised by the Italian Competition Authority.
In particular, Lear carried out a cost analysis to identify a fair and reasonable fee for competitors to access the updated database on performers, editors and artists’ rights. The Italian Competition Authority accepted the remedies proposed by NUOVOIMAIE.