The Italian broadcasting and performance rights collecting society, SCF, has announced that it is taking MTV Italy to court for non-payment.

The Italian broadcasting and performance rights collecting society, SCF, has announced that it is taking MTV Italy to court for non-payment. The citation, which was deposited at the main Rome court today (June 8), concerns MTV Italy, which is broadcast both terrestrially and by satellite,
as well as two satellite channels, MTV Hits and MTV Brand New.

SCF and MTV Italy reached an agreement in 1999 that was valid until December 2002. Although negotiations have been under way since then, failure to reach agreement prompted the court action.

In a statement, SCF president Gianluigi Chiodaroli says: "We are obliged to bring this action on account of MTV Italy's dilatory and evasive behavior, but also out of respect for the other Italian broadcasters, who have reached agreements with us."

SCF reached an agreement with another Italian terrestrial music channel, Rete A, after bringing a similar legal action in July 2003.

MTV Italy could not be reached for comment at deadline.

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