MP3 open to link with Vizzavi

Partnership possible, dot-com chief says

PARIS — While doing battle with Universal Music, MP3.com chairman Michael Robertson has said he would consider a partnership with Vizzavi, Vivendi’s portal joint venture with Vodafone.

Asked if he would be interested in a deal with Vizzavi, he told Monday’s edition of the French daily Le Figaro, “Possibly, yes.”

MP3 is planning to open local European sites but will not immediately offer the services that prompted Universal Music to take it to court in the U.S., the dot-com chief said.

“We don’t yet have the necessary licenses,” he told Le Figaro.

Universal Music’s resistance to MP3 was “for money reasons,” Robertson maintained. “We proposed the same regulations to Universal as the others; they all accepted, except one.”

Describing his vision for the future, Robertson said he thought that the music business was behind the movie industry, which maximized its earnings over time via theatrical distribution, TV and video rights.

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