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DoJ probes music industry online cartel

Verticals like Apple looked at too
Fri Mar 03 2006, 09:25
THE DEPARTMENT of Justice has opened a file investigating whether four major firms operate a cartel on the price of downloading music online, said the Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper said that the probe isn't a criminal investigation but quotes a DoJ rep as saying the feds were investigating whether anticompetitive practices were afoot.

Firms being investigated are Sony BMG, EMI, Warner Music and Vivendi's Universal Music Group.

The newspaper said the DoJ may also be interested in "vertical collusion" between etailers like Apple and recording music giants. µ

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