Dutch copyrights org files suit against cable operators

Dutch copyright organization Lira has filed a suit against cable operators Ziggo, UPC and Delta, Tweakers reported, citing paper sources. Lira collects royalties on behalf of screenwriters, translators and journalists. The cable companies pay a fixed amount per connection, because legally, they open content to the public. UPC, Ziggo and Delta never extended their agreement with Lira, which ended on 1 October 2012. The companies did not respond to requests for comments. Lira said that the EUR 0.10-0.13 per line costs are marginal. The parties also went to court in 2005.



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