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BSkyB, RTL Group Face EU Antitrust Complaint on TV Rights

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British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc, ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG and Bertelsmann AG’s RTL Group SA are among broadcasters named in an antitrust complaint to the European Commission over music publishing rights.

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance accused broadcasters of coercing composers to cede publishing rights as a precondition for contracts to write music for television, the group told reporters in Brussels today. It said the complaint was filed last month.