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Industry Scoop: Supreme Court Green Lights Price Fixing Case vs EMI, Universal, Sony, and Warner

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.”

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