Concert and festivalsector go to court against the price increase Sabam

The price increase of 30 percent that the collecting society has entered, can not find the organizers.

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A coalition of concert and festivalorganisatoren get to the court of commerce in Brussels with the question of collecting society Sabam to enforce its recent price hike for concerts and festivals. That the coalition, including Live Nation, Greenhouse Talent, PSE Belgium and the Federation of music Festivals in Flanders, announced Monday.

‘The summons runs today at Sabam,” says Jan Vereecke, director at PSE Belgium. ‘In the course of 2016 announced Sabam unilaterally new, increased rates on the collection of copyrights, both for festivals and for concerts. A round of negotiations on the matter with the sector failed’, as it sounds.

‘Since January 1, 2017, the new rates will also be applied. The first concrete statements indicate that the new rates amount to an increase of about 30 percent, while the services provided by Sabam has remained unchanged.’

The sector sees to his own words, ” compelled to go to the court of commerce, asking Sabam to force the use of the new rates to stop. “The rates indeed, on many points, unreasonable and in conflict with the legal framework.’

Last year brought the competition Authority on the question of the music festivals a study of the abuse of power by Sabam. “The result of that examination is not yet known,” says Vereecke.

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