Conflicting interests: court rules on monopolist’s obligation to contract

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In a recent decision the Supreme Court upheld the position of a collecting society claiming copyright infringement, ruling that the interests of an author to receive remuneration for the use of its work have greater weight than the interests of practising a trade. The court’s decision is in accordance with the prevalent German doctrine on the subject concerning the monopolistic position and the obligation to contract. 

ILO Newsletter, October 31, 2011

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