The Performing Right Society (PRS) has confirmed that it will appeal a decision by the European Commission in July on representation agreements between collecting societies in Europe.

The U.K. collecting society says it will challenge the EC ruling that there has been unlawful coordination between the societies.

It follows a long-running case involving complaints lodged by the broadcaster RTL in 2001 and in 2003 by Music Choice Europe about societies’ reciprocal representation. Both broadcasters had been unable to secure a pan-European licence of worldwide repertoire from a single society and contested that it should be possible.