Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) at the Intersection Between EU Competition Law and the Freedom to Provide Services

Anita Huss-Ekerhult, Deputy Secretary General and General Counsel, International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, Belgium

This paper aims at examining some of the key questions that are essential to the daily work of Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) , who perform an important role by administering rights on a large scale and administering the remuneration to authors , performers, publishers, producers and other rightholders:

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Belgium Competition Association May 2014 Vol. 7, No. 27, Spring 2014

Anita Huss-Ekerhult

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Anita Huss-Ekerhult became Deputy Secretary General and General Counsel of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), based in Brussels (Belgium), in 2008. Anita is a German-qualified attorney, with three postgraduate law degrees from King’s College, London (LL.M. in EU, US & UK Copyright Law), Uppsala University (LL.M. in International and Comparative Law) and Stockholm University (LL.M. in European Law). Before joining IFRRO, she gained experience at major international law firms in Belgium, Germany and Sweden, working as a corporate transactions and competition lawyer.

International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations

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IFRRO is the main international network of collective management organisations and creators’ and publishers’ associations in the text and image spheres. More information on IFRRO is available here: http://www.ifrro.org/content/what-ifrro At IFRRO, Anita is responsible for legal analysis and legal advice regarding a broad range of legal matters, with a focus on copyright law (including orphan works, out-of-commerce works, reprography levies, exceptions for libraries, education and print-impaired persons), copyright enforcement, public lending right, resale right, data protection law, protection of computer programs and databases, in addition to general corporate, labour and competition law-related questions. Her tasks also include the participation in the meetings of the IFRRO Board of Directors and IFRRO Working Groups and Fora, giving advice on all legal matters, as well as representing IFRRO in European and international fora, such as WIPO and UNESCO, and providing legal assistance and outreach to IFRRO’s 143 member organisations in about 80 countries worldwide.

Belgium Competition Association May 2014 Vol. 7, No. 27, Spring 2014