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Record Labels Accused Of Monopolistic Practices — Again

Major record labels have been accused of putting pressure on mobile content portals and aggregators to only sell ringtones and truetones offered by them…by keeping competition out of the marketplace ringtone prices are kept high, at least higher than digital song downloads. Kurt Slep, cofounder of karaoke music producer Musical Content, claims labels are applying pressure within the mobile content industry not to sell his companies cheaper CloneTones, rerecordings of famous songs. In Japan major record labels have banded together to prevent outsiders licensing music for truetones, a move which CloneTones circumvents by recording the song with different musicians.
Heck, there’s even a new ringtone blog about this “issue”, which is run anonymously…
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