On 26 July 2008, the European Commission (Commission) found that some of the practices of the EEA's Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) did not comply with EU competition law. In particular, the Commission objected to membership clauses they considered to be discriminatory and provisions which conveyed territorial exclusivity. On 6 October 2008, a Spanish collection society (and member of the CISAC), took an appeal against the Commission's Decision to the Court of First Instance (CFI). On 26 January 2009, the CFI held that the appeal was out of time and, therefore, inadmissible. The appeal had not been brought within the two month deadline stipulated in Article 230 of the EC Treaty.
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