Record labels to face US digital music antitrust law suit

New York, Monday 10th January 2011: the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by a number of companies that included Sony Corp, a unit of Vivendi SA, Warner Music Group Corp and EMI Group against a ruling for reinstating an antitrust lawsuit focused on digital music pricing.

The high court declined to hear an appeal from the four major recorded music labels, asking the high court to throw out a lawsuit that claims the labels broke antitrust laws when they set a “wholesale price floor” of about 70 cents per track for two digital music stores that they created, Pressplay and MusicNet (2001).

The labels haven’t lost their case; but this ruling means they will have to go ahead and fight it out in the lower courts, a situation they hoped to avoid.

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