Oz org concerned about potential effect on online music distrib'n

The BMG-Sony Music merger can proceed in Oz after the regulator ruled it was unlikely to impact the music market Down Under.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission noted concerns about the potential effect on online music distribution, digital music standards and the sale of portable music players but said it was unlikely to trouble this emerging, dynamic industry.

But the ACCC warned it would be very concerned if Sony/BMG uses its vertical links, including music catalogs, to restrict competition in any emerging market.

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