According to the Commission:
‘The new contract lifts the membership restrictions and the exclusivity clause, according to which reciprocal representation is done on an exclusive basis for the respective territory of the collecting societies’.
The IPKat tried to check this out with a visit to the EU’s InfoSoc portal, but he just couldn’t navigate his way round it. He did though have fun on the rather flash website of Viviane Reding, the InfoSoc Commissioner. In principle though, he’s always in favour of moves which free up competition and deliver a better deal for consumers.