US Court Brings Back Price Fixing Lawsuit Against Major Record Labels

from the all-priced-the-same? dept

For many years, we've wondered why the major labels haven't gotten in trouble for what appears to be clear price fixing -- having all of the major labels band together to both demand identical wholesale pricing and attempt to dictate retail pricing by partners as well. There have been various investigations by both local and federal officials, along with a few lawsuits -- but nothing has really gone very far. One lawsuit was tossed out by the district court back in 2008, but in a surprising move, the 2nd circuit appeals court has revived the lawsuit, claiming that the evidence is "sufficient to plausibly suggest" price fixing by the major labels with regards to digital music. So now it goes back to the lower court. I still doubt this will really have much of an impact, but it's nice to see some recognition of what's seemed pretty obvious for quite some time.


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  •  
    icon
    Brian (profile), Jan 13th, 2010 @ 10:36am

    Perspective

    Its only price fixing if you call it that. See what they are actually doing is price suggesting. They suggest the price music should be and those who agree get the music. Its really just based on perspective.

    /sarcasm

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    Michael, Jan 13th, 2010 @ 10:43am

    Price Fixing?

    Is it really price fixing? I think they all just happened to pick the same price.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    icon
    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jan 13th, 2010 @ 10:52am

    Psssh

    More like 'Price Breaking' if you ask me...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Jan 13th, 2010 @ 10:53am

    I thought every song ever made was worth $1.29 each. Have I been wrong?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    RobShaver, Jan 13th, 2010 @ 11:47am

    Like the NFL ...

    Maybe the record labels are just like the NFL ... just one organization.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    interval, Jan 13th, 2010 @ 1:05pm

    My plan for for the survival of the Labels

    If I were CEO of, say, WMG, I'd immediately commence with staff cuts, probably drastic ones. The new digital millennium doesn't need a stable of entrenched lawyers and financial types that require the old business model.

    Then, I'd hire a group of Gen-Y'ers to sit down all together in a big conference room, throw candy, cola and condoms in the room with 'em, an internet connection, laptops, pillows, blankets, paper and pens, and have them write down any and all marketing ideas and business models (I'd explain what a business model is, or at least give 'em an example) and have them toss those in a locked box, and then lock the room.

    At the and of two weeks I'd send them on their way with a fat check, and look at the results. Put the top three in place and then as they fizzle out reach in and grab the next. And I wouldn't look back.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  •  
    identicon
    NullOp, Jan 13th, 2010 @ 1:50pm

    Price fixing?

    Record labels price fixing? Well, DUH! So are a lot of other things price fixed. DVDs, ya think?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This