It has been a difficult few years for Spanish collecting society SGAE, and its problems aren’t over yet.

Private rights-management organisation Unison, which has grown up as a rival to SGAE in Spain, says it has successfully triggered a new antitrust proceeding against SGAE from the Spanish competition body CNMC. The accusation is abuse of dominant position, focusing on SGAE’s blanket licences for TV and radio broadcasting, as well as the licensing of the repertoire it manages.

It’s the second time Unison has triggered such a case against SGAE, following a previous proceeding resolved in 2019.

The news came as Unison also revealed that it is suing Spanish broadcaster RTVE alleging infringement of its own managed repertoire, claiming that Unison has repeatedly tried and failed to get that company to sign a licensing deal.

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