Major Labels Under Antitrust Investigation

from the yet-again dept

Apparently the Justice Department is suddenly worried that the four major record labels are colluding in creating a new online music subscription service. The last time this happened was back when the record labels tried to (wait, this sounds familiar) create online music subscription services -- which were universally panned, rarely used and eventually shut down. So, even if the labels are colluding, given their strategic vision, it seems rather unlikely that they're going to leverage their position to dominate the market. They certainly could hold back other services -- but it seems like they've been doing that for years already, just with their own shortsightedness.
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Filed Under: antitrust, collusion, justice department, labels, riaa, subscription service
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    Eric the Grey, 7 Feb 2008 @ 2:42pm

    I doubt it's just the offering of the service

    Not that they are offering the service, but perhaps that they are using their leverage (ie: copyright) to prevent anybody else from entering the field with the same idea.

    The RIAA has certainly made it clear that nobody but them will be allowed to operate such a program and they are using DRM or Illegal Downloads, or whatever else they can to prevent it. They are THE reason the downloads haven't taken off with the exception of iTunes, and they keep trying to cripple that...


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