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Document C2014/438/13

Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.6800 — PRSfM/STIM/GEMA/JV) Text with EEA relevance

OJ C 438, 6.12.2014, p. 29–29 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

C 438/29

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.6800 — PRSfM/STIM/GEMA/JV)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2014/C 438/13)


On 28 November 2014, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 and following a referral pursuant to Article 4(5) of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertakings PRS for Music Limited (‘PRSfM’, United Kingdom), Föreningen Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå u.p.a. (‘STIM’, Sweden), and Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte (‘GEMA’, Germany) (together: ‘the Parties’) acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) and 3(4) of the Merger Regulation joint control by way of purchase of shares in a newly created joint venture.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

—   for the Parties: collective rights management of copyrights of authors in musical works;

—   for the joint venture: multi-territorial multi-repertoire licensing activities for mechanical and performing rights of authors in musical works for online and mobile exploitation; copyright database management and online licences processing.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the Merger Regulation. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.


The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (+32 22964301), by e-mail to or by post, under reference number M.6800 — PRSfM/STIM/GEMA/JV, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘Merger Regulation’).