Featured Articles

HP Stream is a Chromebook killer priced at $200

HP Stream is a Chromebook killer priced at $200

We have been hearing reports of a new breed of affordable Windows notebooks for months. It is alleged that a number…

More...
AMD Radeon R7 SSD line-up goes official

AMD Radeon R7 SSD line-up goes official

AMD has officially launched its first ever SSDs and all three are part of AMD’s AMD Radeon R7 SSD series.

More...
KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

Android 4.4 is now running on more than a fifth of Android devices, according to Google’s latest figures.

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:52

Coppers open Pandora’s box

Written by Nick Farrell



Publishing company racket

The Department of Justice is investigating Big Content as details emerge of a possible cartel in operation with negotiations with Pandora. The Department of Justice has sent out CIDs (Civil Investigative Demand for Documents) to ASCAP, BMI, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group.

The DoJ is investigating coordination among ASCAP, BMI, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group and told ASCAP employees telling them to "preserve all documents.” Judge Denise Cote, said that Pandora has shown the Sony and UMPG licenses were the product of coordination between and among these major music publishers and ASCAP. She said that Sony and UMPG justified their withdrawal of new media rights from ASCAP by promising to create higher benchmarks for a Pandora-ASCAP license and then did just that.

Cote wrote that because Sony and UMPG were against Pandora, and they coordinated their activities to block them out and their very considerable market power that each of them holds individually was magnified. She did not think that it was necessary to look at if the actions were wrong. The direct licensing deals that UMPG and Sony cut with Pandora are poor anyway. But the DoJ seems a little more concerned about the legal aspect.

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments