DOJ Eyes Pricing Of Online Music Downloads

Law360, New York (March 3, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The world’s top music labels are coming under fire from the U.S. Department of Justice over possible anti-competitive pricing schemes arranged by the increasingly busy online music industry.

The agency is looking into widespread allegations that Warner Music Group, EMI Group Plc, Vivendi Universal’s Universal Music Group and Sony BMG colluded to ensure maximum revenue from downloaded songs.

The probe appears to mirror one already underway by New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who began sending subpoenas to major record labels in December 2005 as...
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