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EU lets Universal gobble up EMI, but it must spit out certain chunks

The European Commission has finally allowed Universal's acquisition of EMI Music to proceed. Universal Music, the world's largest record company, must shed some acquisitions as part of the deal. And so, Universal has agreed to jettison Parlophone, which is home to a list of stars including David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Sep 2012
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EC tears duvet off Universal-EMI mega-music romp

As expected, Eurocrats are anxious to probe the mega-merger of Universal EMI, fearing the effect on digital music markets. The merger sees the world's largest record label (and the largest music publisher) Vivendi-owned Universal Music, take over the fourth-largest label EMI – with the EMI publishing business spun out to Sony …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2012
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EC likely to probe Universal-EMI mega-merger

The European Commission is "all but certain" to investigate the mega-merger of Universal Music and EMI, according to sources cited (paywall) in the Financial Times. The merger reduces the four major record labels to three: UMG, Sony and Warner, with the newly enlarged Universal taking 40 per cent of the market. The Commission …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2012
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Secondhand MP3 shop can keep trading during EMI trial

Redigi has escaped a court injunction that would have prevented it trading throughout the duration of a court battle over alleged copyright infringement. EMI, one of the world's biggest record companies, has sued Redigi, alleging that the business is infringing its copyrights. Redigi sells legally-downloaded digital music …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Feb 2012
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Google Music 'an oxymoron' - outbound Warner mogul

Outgoing media mogul Edgar Bronfman Jr has warned against the Universal-EMI merger – and taken a potshot at Google. Bronfman is stepping down as chairman of Warner Music, which was acquired by Russian entrepreneur Len Blavatnik last year. Bronfman has a long history of antipathy with Universal, the world's largest record …
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Universal closes in on EMI. Lawsuits to follow?

Updated The world's largest record company, Universal Music, is set to swallow Britain's biggest - EMI – according to reports in the financial press. The most recent rumour sees EMI going two ways: with the profitable music publishing division heading to Sony for $2.2bn, while UMG picks up the recordings for $1.9bn. Either way, it may …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Nov 2011
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Vivendi ponders EMI buy, as its games biz rivals music

The world's biggest record company, Vivendi-owned Universal Music, is looking at EMI – but is non-committal about an acquisition. "We have the strongest music business in the world, but we have a duty to look at their assets and see if any make sense," Vivendi boss Jean-Bernard Levy said yesterday. Music is but a small part …
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Cloud music-locker ruling: MP3tunes claims '99% victory'

The legal fight in US Courts between record labels and music-locker cloud services continues into a full-blown case – despite both sides claiming something favourable from court rulings yesterday. A judge in New York District Court ruled that most of Michael Robertson's MP3tunes operation was covered by "safe harbor" provisions …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2011
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Apple nears online streaming deal with Big Four, says report

Universal Music Group is understood to be the only holdout for Apple's widely reported new online music storage and streaming service. According to Reuters, the Vivendi SA-owned company is the only one of the Big Four record labels not to have inked a deal with Apple – yet. Warner Music Group, EMI Group and Sony Music …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2011
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Russian tycoon buys Warner Music

Warner Music has been sold to US businessman Len Blavatnik, according to credible reports, in a $3.3bn deal. The company's $1.9bn debt is also transferred to its new owner, valuing Warner at $1.3bn. Blavatnik's Access Industries paid 34 per cent over the market price for the music group. The Russian-born tycoon, who also owns …
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Indie music scores class action victory

Self-styled digital "copyfighters" love to think they're doing good by battling the "evils" of major record companies. But as with most things on the web, it's empty talk. When there's a real battle on, they're nowhere to be found. Indie labels and songwriters find themselves a little bit better off today as the result of a …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Apr 2011
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Citigroup clutches EMI to bosom

Ownership of EMI, home of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Sir Simon Rattle, has passed into the hands of US mega money corp Citigroup. EMI said in a statement today that Citigroup had acquired 100 per cent of its share capital, and completed a recapitalisation of the debt-laden music group. Through this, the group's debt has been …
Joe Fay, 2 Feb 2011
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Sir Paul McBeatle: 'Me, I'd love Beatles to be on iTunes'

You can blame him for "Band on the Run" or "Ebony and Ivory," but according to Sir Paul McCartney, it's not his fault that the Fab Four's oeuvre isn't available on iTunes. "It's been business hassles," the world's most famous left-handed bass guitarist told the BBC's Newsbeat. "Not with us, or iTunes. It's the people in the …
Rik Myslewski, 18 May 2010
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EMI puts Abbey Road under the silver hammer?

EMI has reportedly put its iconic Abbey Road recording studio up for sale in an effort to pay off some of its hefty debts. According to this morning's Financial Times, which cites no less than "five people familiar with the situation", the struggling major is seeking bidders to buy the studio. However, the report was unable …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2010

EMI, Universal ink pacts with free tunes startup

Two major music labels have signed partnerships with a new ad-supported music startup called, which lets US users download free (and legal) songs in exchange for watching video commercials. One week after Universal Music Group inked a deal to license its music, FreeAllMusic announced that EMI is on board with …
Austin Modine, 20 Jan 2010
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EMI saves world from unauthorised Beatles downloads

EMI appears to have recleansed the internet of Beatles music, forcing to ditch the 25 cents per Fab Four song offer it launched this week. The music giant's US arm, Capital Records, hit BlueBeat with a copyright infringement suit yesterday and the Beatles tracks swiftly disappeared from the service, the LA Times …
Joe Fay, 6 Nov 2009
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Complex licensing hamstrings EU music market

Fragmented and complex publishing arrangements are hindering the growth of a European online music market and must be replaced with more open and transparent agreements, music industry groups and the European Commission have agreed. Record labels EMI and Universal, retailers Amazon and Apple and licensing bodies PRS for Music …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Oct 2009
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Danger Mouse seems to want fans to pirate his blocked release

A legal dispute has led one of pop music's most exciting artists to take a novel approach to the release of his latest work: the album is a blank recordable CD on to which buyers can record illegally-downloaded versions of the album. Fans of Danger Mouse can buy a luxurious package of a poster and a book of photographs by cult …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 May 2009

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