According to the Competition Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, this decision will benefit the cultural diversity in the EU, given that it will force management entities to improve their services offered to creators and users. The Commissioner especially emphasises that this decision is not intended to challenge the collective copyright management model, but it is believed that this decision will favour the creation of a unique market, as much for creators as for users and amateurs
The two main consequences of this decision on a contractual level will be: Management entities will not be able to impose limitations which prevent their members from changing management entity and have to remove country restrictions which until now prohibited the issuing of licences to users outside of the country in which the entity was rendering services.
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