DOJ's Eyes Set On Record Labels

Law360, New York (May 31, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Federal antitrust investigators are showing renewed interest in whether major record labels colluded to keep music off the Internet, a newspaper has reported.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Justice Department officials are closely watching a federal lawsuit in California that pits Universal Music Group and EMI Group against media company Bertelsmann AG and software company financier Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Both companies financed controversial Internet music company Napster Inc.

Gina Talamona, deputy director of public affairs at the Department of Justice, declined comment.

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