Back in 2001 consumers complained that companies like PressPlay were colluding with other online music service providers to set the minimum cost at 70 cents a song as well as place unfair restrictions on usage. Jacqui Cheng at Arstechnica just gave the following update:
“The US Supreme Court won’t stop a lawsuit accusing the four major music labels of conspiring to fix music prices. The Supreme Court made its decision Monday morning after the labels appealed a lower court’s ruling that the case would move forward.
The case is Sony Music Entertainment v. Kevin Starr, though it involves all of the Big Four labels: Sony, Warner Music, EMI, and a unit of Vivendi SA (the company behind Universal Music Group). The original complaint accuses the record labels of colluding to set a minimum price of 70¢ per song when they began selling music online, in addition to the high subscription fees they imposed when starting music services MusicNet and pressplay back in 2001.”