Amelia Fletcher discusses ‘The pros and cons of agency agreements’ at ACE Conference

In addition to a presentation by Bruce Lyons, the recent Annual Conference of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE) also saw CCP represented by Amelia Fletcher, who presented as part of a parallel session on ‘E-books and Online Platforms’. Her presentation discussed the pros and cons of agency agreements in the market for E-books, and whether the law is aligned with the economics in this area.

You can find links to Amelia’s presentation slides and the conference programme below.

Fletcher – What are the pros and cons of agency agreements, and is the law in the right place on these? (ACE13)

11th Annual ACE Conference programme

Bruce Lyons discusses ‘State aid to regional airports’ at ACE Conference

On Friday 13 December 2013, the CCP’s Bruce Lyons spoke at the 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE) in Brussels. His presentation was part of a parallel session on the role of state aid in protecting regional airports.

You can find links to Bruce’s presentation slides and the conference programme below.

Lyons – State aid to regional airports (ACE13)

11th Annual ACE Conference programme

‘The EU Directive on collective management and the online single market in music’

The penultimate CCP seminar of the Autumn series takes place on Friday 6th December with John Street (CCP and PSI) and Dave Laing (PSI) presenting their research on ‘The EU Directive on collective management and the online single market in music‘. An abstract for their seminar can be found below.

Abstract

This paper reports on the first phase of a CREATe project on the ‘Regulation of the Collecting Societies’. The Collecting Societies, or Collective Management Organisations (CMOs), are key intermediaries in the distribution of income derived from copyright. Our particular focus is on the music industry. Despite the importance of CMOs to the operation of the industry their role has been neglected. They are, however, now the focus of much attention, largely as a result of the various consequences of digitisation. The Hargreaves Review of copyright called for the tighter regulation of collecting societies, while the EU has pursued a policy of harmonisation of collective rights management to expedite cross-national licenses and the delivery of its single market agenda and its cultural diversity commitments. In this paper, we set out the background to the EU’s intervention and raise a number of questions about the drivers of it and its likely consequences.

As usual, the seminar takes place from 13:00-14:00 in the Thomas Paine Study Centre, Room 1.4.