E.U. Probes Competing DVD Makers

Law360, New York (July 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission announced Wednesday it was investigating whether competing next-generation DVD manufacturers have violated antitrust laws through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers.

So far, the Brussels-based regulator has sent questionnaires to supporters and costumers of Toshiba Corp.’s HD DVD and Sony Corp.’s Blu-ray, looking for information on how the two companies license their products. Long-term exclusive contracts, for example, could be considered anticompetitive if they were brokered at artificially low prices to keep other technologies off the market.

Right now, the investigation...
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