August 7, 2001

Antitrust regulators eye online music ventures

Author: JT Smith

Reuters: "Antitrust enforcers at the U.S. Justice Department are investigating
the online music business, including two new joint ventures in the
industry, an industry source said on Monday.

The department is in the initial stages of a probe that includes the
industry's Pressplay and MusicNet ventures and, more generally, how
major record labels control online distribution of copyrighted music, the
source said. ``They have launched an investigation.''"

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