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November 02, 2007

Warner Music Withholds Content from Nokia

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Warner Music Group Corp is reportedly withholding its content from Nokia (News - Alert) Corp’s new music Web site over concerns about illegal downloads.

According to a report published in the online edition of The Wall Street Journal, Warner has chosen not to sell its music through the Nokia Music Store Web site in part because another Nokia service — a file-sharing Web site called Mosh — is being used to distribute copyrighted material.
Nokia Music Store is part of Nokia’s Ovi Internet offering, which allows users to directly listen to music on their Nokia device or personal computer. It was launched on Thursday in the UK, and experts believe that it is going to give tough competition to Apple’s (News - Alert) iTunes store.
Kari Tuutti, Spokesman of Nokia, confirmed to the journal that Warner Music was withholding its music content from Nokia. Tuutti added, “We are continuing discussions... and we are hopeful that Warner will be a part of Nokia Music Store in the future.”
Warner is the world’s third largest recorded-music company by revenue, and is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry.
Music from other three prominent music companies — Universal, Sony BMG (News - Alert) and EMI Group Ltd — is available on the new Nokia music Web site.
Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit her columnist page.
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