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Copy rights defenders sue Sweden Rock

Published torsdag 28 april 2011 kl 16.49
Sweden Rock is one of the biggest summer festivals in Scandinavia. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix.

The Swedish Performing Rights Society, Stim, is taking legal action against Sweden Rock Festival accusing organisers of failing to pay fees to the organisation.

In a press release Stim, which administers and licenses rights to music and lyrics for its members, claims that Sweden Rock is withholding money from the organisation.

Sweden Rock is one of the largest festivals in Scandinavia and also one of few that each year reports a profit of almost $4 million.

“After some trouble in the beginning Sweden Rock behaved well during a few years. This makes it particularly disappointing that they have returned to their old ways,” Peter Englund, sales manager at Stim, writes in the press release.

Especially, he adds, since the compensation for the songwriters is only about 3 percent, a considerably small part of the festival’s budget.  

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