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U.S. DOJ To Probe Into Universal And Labels New JV Music Venture

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U.S. Department of Justice has begun an inquiry into a new JV headed by Vivendi’s (EPA: VIV) Universal Music Group, along with three other labels…this is the “Total Music” project it has been working on. Universal and Sony (NYSE: SNE) BMG, which have been the strongest proponents of it, have received letters of inquiry from DOJ, while EMI and WMG haven’t yet. The service is supposed to be a subscription service that would be free on certain devices…Nokia (NYSE: NOK) was the first one to sign on to it with Universal last year, where users get free 12-month access to music from Universal

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