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Paving the way for online music

July 17, 2008 8:33:44 AM PDT
It's a decision by the European Union that may it easier for online music retailers like iTunes to do business on the continent. The EU has ordered music copyright groups to end a system that forced online sellers to negotiate music rights for each country separately. That has kept iTunes from setting up a single store from which it can serve all of Europe. Instead, it has had to secure licenses from each EU member state in which it wants to do business.

The EU-ordered change should also help companies obtain broadcast licenses for the Internet, cable television and satellite for several countries by using just one collecting society of their choice.