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U.S. Supreme Court won't hear music antitrust case

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 11 Jan 2011 3:09 User comments (3)

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear music antitrust case The Supreme Court in the United States has dealt a blow to major record companies by refusing to review a decision by a lower court in an antitrust case over the sale of music online.
In 2008, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against several major record companies which alleged price fixing in the music download market. It stated that the major record companies had agreed on a 70 cent wholesale price for music tracks when rivals began to offer music on the Internet for a cheaper price.

An appeal's court found that the original judged had made an error, ruling the plaintiffs had described enough facts to suggest an antitrust price-fixing conspiracy, and sending the case back to continue proceedings under the judge.

Record company attorneys decided to take the case to the Supreme Court, but the Justices declined to review the decision. The case involves Sony Corp (Vivendi), Warner Music Group and the EMI Group.

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3 user comments

111.1.2011 5:11

Ha ha ha ha ha.

Well, well, well.
Kudos SC.

When the downloader carries all the cost overheads what possible excuse can there be for the current stupid (legal) download prices?

They might as well just post a notice telling people not to bother & go download it from some torrent site.

211.1.2011 6:29

O-o am I seeing this right. The Supreme Court giving the middlefinger to bs copyright law? I must say...well played

313.1.2011 14:46

It's very rare to win a price fixing suite so it is nice to see the SC not getting envolved and possibly supporting big business unfarely. If only they would get WallMart now with their price fixing. Small companies might come back to life again and I'm sure RubberMaid would be happy too.

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