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Facade of the Madrid headquarters of the SGAE.
Facade of the Madrid headquarters of the SGAE.JUAN BARBOSA

Often, points associated to the SGAE provoke a resigned shrug of the shoulders even from the consultants who work on the entity: “It's just very complicated.” Copyright, charges, grey areas hidden between the traces of authorized language. Enough to place most companions off. And of the residents. However, on the similar time, these points nearly all the time have an effect on two pillars of apparent and instant curiosity: 1000’s of creators and hundreds of thousands of euros. And so it occurs once more within the ruling of February 16 of Section No. 32 of the Provincial Court of Madrid, to which EL PAÍS has had entry. The ruling validates the distribution of the cash that the SGAE made for using music on tv between December 2015 and 2018, which had been annulled eight months in the past by the primary occasion ruling. That is, greater than 60 million for 1000’s of authors, who have been staggering, are staying the place they’re. It is confirmed, nevertheless, that the entity should redo the June 2015 distribution associated to the 2 plaintiffs, Atresmedia and Mediaset.

“We consider it appropriate to explain the context to which the litigation responds,” reads the seventh of the 39 pages of the ruling, in opposition to which there isn’t a strange attraction, however there may be an attraction earlier than the Supreme Court, which the plaintiffs are evaluating, in response to their opinion. lawyer, Miguel Ángel Ramos. To summarize, because the textual content itself factors out, it’s a struggle between Atresmedia and Mediaset and the SGAE that comes from the so-called wheel case: an alleged plot between companions of the entity and tv executives to pocket hundreds of thousands by filling the schedule of early morning packages with music, with hardly any viewers. The entanglement, which the justice system continues to research, immobilized the entity for years and took nearly all of its inner selections to the bench. The wheel has already been stopped, nevertheless it turned a lot and so quick that generally it nonetheless overwhelms the current of the SGAE.

For instance, within the first half of 2018 alone, one of many distributions affected by the ruling, the nighttime slot accounted for 40% of the revenue that the SGAE acquired from the songs carried out on tv, its foremost income. The chronology of the case contains police operations, dozens of headlines within the press, repeated adjustments within the presidency of the SGAE, confrontations with the Ministry of Culture and a stain that’s tough to scrub within the picture, along with diverting the entity's time in direction of completely different duties. to its foremost perform: to determine using the creators' repertoire, gather the corresponding cash and ship it to the creators. Even the Congress of Deputies was compelled to cease the wheel by legislation, by establishing that no time slot may account for greater than 20% of the full revenue generated by music on the small display screen.

Starting in February 2015, the SGAE Board of Directors itself adjusted the distribution percentages on tv, to cut back doable early morning income. And it started to use these adjustments beginning with the subsequent distribution, in June. Meanwhile, nevertheless, these modifications have been challenged and overturned by justice. Hence, Atresmedia and Mediaset demanded the annulment of all distributions made between the summer season of 2015 and December 2018, contemplating that they have been primarily based on invalid selections. The choose, final July, agreed with them. But the brand new sentence takes it away nearly fully. “However, a very important part has been achieved, which is that the distribution of the execution rights of June 2015 is annulled, which represents between 20% and 25% of what was claimed,” Ramos however defends.

Atresmedia and Mediaset have been among the many 14 networks that Judge Ismael Moreno determined to cost three years in the past for alleged corruption in enterprise, inside the framework of the Rueda case. The fact is that they have been among the many stations that earned probably the most cash due to nighttime music: the system by which the networks should pay the SGAE for using their repertoire is named “return” however, by programming dozens of linked songs to their very own publishers, they handle to get better a part of that expense. Which explains their curiosity as SGAE plaintiffs on this judicial course of: they’d be among the many foremost beneficiaries of the distribution of these three years being made once more with the earlier standards, extra favorable to the early morning interval.

The new ruling, nevertheless, largely helps the SGAE. The court docket considers that the speech of the 2 stations is just supported in a single case: the distribution of June 2015, as a result of it was the product of the choices of the Board of Directors of February of the identical yr, later annulled by justice. Successively, the physique accredited adjustments once more in October 2015 and September 2016, and all subsequent distributions have been primarily based on them. For the primary ruling, these have been selections nearly equivalent to the primary, and due to this fact additionally invalid, similar to the distributions themselves. On the opposite hand, now the choose believes that these have been all the time completely different measures and with novel parts, therefore they can’t be thought of copies of the choice annulled by the court docket. Therefore, he does validate the adjustments established by the Board, and the distributions made primarily based on them.

The choose doesn’t hand over, nevertheless, a small slap on the wrist to the SGAE: “In his attraction a plurality of various allegations are raised in a barrage, with out subjection to a authorized system that responds to a discernible sample for this court docket”. In that, the court is like any citizen: there are certain aspects of this story that no one understands.

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