Spanish police have raided the offices of local collective management organisation SGAE as part of an investigation into various members of SGAE and employees of several television stations.
They are investigating the collection of royalties for music played on late night television.
In an official communiqué, the police said that they were searching for "the creation of low quality music and the registration of false arrangements of musical works, which are in the public domain. The purpose is to broadcast it on late night programmes on various television stations in the early hours of the morning, generating intellectual property royalties.”
A small group of SGAE members have engaged in the activity known as la rueda (the wheel) for years, earning more royalties than some of Spain’s top music creators.
ICMP has raised this issue on numerous occasions, repeatedly expressing serious concerns about SGAE’s inappropriate and unbalanced television broadcast distribution rules.