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UMG & EMI Will Merge, Music Biz Gatekeepers Are Here To Stay

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Today the European Commission and US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) both gave clearance to the merger of major record labels Universal Music Group (UMG) and EMI. The European antitrust authorities conditioned their approval on a number of divestitures, but the FTC simply closed their investigation without taking any action or negotiating any conditions on the merger. On the whole, this is a major loss for the future of the music industry, and digital music services will be bearing the burden of this decision for years to come.

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UMG/EMI: A Tax on Innovation

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Reports today indicate that the European Union will soon issue its official final decision on the proposed merger between the major labels Universal Music Group and EMI, if UMG divests a substantial portion of EMI. As Public Knowledge has explained before, Europe’s review in no way changes the US Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) responsibility to examine the merger and protect competition in the US market.

As the FTC continues its review, it must remember that the consequences of this merger go well beyond higher prices for consumers: it allows corporate gatekeepers to leverage their large copyright holdings as a tax on innovation.

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UMG/EMI: The Next Innovation Bottleneck

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While much attention has focused on whether European antitrust regulators will allow the major label Universal to buy one of its competitors, EMI, the proposed merger has also attracted the attention of US antitrust authorities in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Senate. In the US context, this merger bears some important similarities to recent proceedings like the Comcast/NBCU merger and the failed AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

Universal/EMI and AT&T/T-Mobile: Taking Over a Maverick Competitor

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Approval for Publishing Merger Only Bolsters Case Against UMG/EMI Merger

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Today the U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved a proposed merger between the publishing divisions of Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing. Although the FTC did not release an analysis of the deal, yesterday the European Union released the analysis it relied upon when approving the publishing merger with several divestitures. The proposed merger between the Universal Music Group (UMG) and EMI record labels is still under consideration in both the U.S. and Europe, but a closer look at the EU's analysis of the Sony/EMI publishing merger only bolsters the case against the UMG/EMI merger.

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Trying to Make it in Music? Why Artists Should Oppose the UMG-EMI Merger

It is hard enough to land a job in a profession that accepts applications. So imagine chasing a career that depends on getting discovered. This is the reality for artists who aspire to sign a record deal with a major label. The four major record labels – Sony, EMI, Warner, and Universal (or UMG) – do not typically accept unsolicited submissions from artists. And to make matters worse, if UMG is successful in its bid to acquire EMI, artists could face an even steeper climb to success.

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