by Mike Masnick
Wed, Jan 13th 2010 10:38am
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.
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