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Labels Accused of Digi Price Fixing

THE FIX IS IN: The  Supreme Court refused to block a suit against the Big Four accusing them of conspiring to fix the prices of digital tracks. The majors failed to convince the court that the allegations in the consumer complaint weren’t sufficient to suggest the companies engaged in misconduct. A N.Y. federal appeals court ruled the allegations were enough for the case to go forward, and the Supreme Court affirmed that decision. The original complaint was filed against MusicNet and PressPlay, both launched in 2001 by the majors to sell songs online. The complaint alleges these early services charged “unreasonably” high rates—up to $240 a year in subscription fees—and imposed unwarranted restrictions, including barring customers from moving tracks onto their iPods and other players. We kid you not, and yes, it does sound like something dreamed up by The Onion. But that's how absolutely clueless the labels were a decade ago. (1/10p)

REVENUE CHART:
DOUBLE DIVAS
The song we needed (6/5a)
IMPACTING NOW: THE PROMOTION COALITION
The buddy system in action (6/4a)
IN “BLACK LIKE ME,”
MICKEY GUYTON
NUDGES AMERICA’S CONSCIENCE
Making it real in Music City (6/4a)
A CHROMATIC TOP 20
Bringing joy to a world that desperately needs it (6/4a)
BROWN PUSHES FOR A "BEAUTIFUL" WORLD
Kane is able. (6/4a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
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