Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Online Music Price Fixing Probe

As Alice says, "Curiouser and curiouser!"

In the news today are reports of an investigation into the pricing of online music.

"Subpoenas issued to Warner Music Group, BMG, EMI Group, and Universal Music came to light over the holidays as all four received requests for information in the form of subpoenas in connection with an industry-wide investigation of the pricing of music downloads." More here.

Déjà vu?

As Podcasting News recalls, "State attorney generals have previously investigated the major labels over price-fixing issues. In 2003, companies settled a price-fixing suit involving CD sales spearheaded by a group of state attorneys general. The companies agreed to millions in cash payments and millions more in donations of CDs to libraries and schools." More.

Some related odds and ends thoughts here.

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