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Let´s Dance! Excessive Royalties and the Economic Value of Music (C-372/19 SABAM)

Behrang Kianzad


Keywords: excessive pricing, unfair pricing, Article 102 TFEU, abuse of dominant position

Case C-372/19 Belgische Vereniging van Auteurs, Componisten en Uitgevers CVBA (SABAM) v Weareone.World BVBA and Wecandance NV, Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (Fifth Chamber) of 25 November 2020
The most recent excessive pricing case considered by Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) revolved around fees imposed by a national royalty collective society (SABAM) on two Belgian festival organizers (Weareone.World BVBA and Wecandance NV). The Belgian national court submitted the case to CJEU for a preliminary ruling on whether the imposition of fees was to be considered an abuse of dominant position, and further, whether the fees levied were to be considered unfair and excessive in light of Article 102(a) Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Behrang Kianzad, LLM / PhD-Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law, Faculty of Law, Copenhagen University. For correspondence: <>.


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