pressplay Parent Under Criminal Investigation
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Source: p2pnet.net/MusicDish - November 4, 2002
pressplay is a U.S.-only, RIAA-approved p2p 'alternative', with ownership
split between Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment.
On its web page, pressplay brags it's "offered through affiliates that
currently include MSN Music, Yahoo!, MP3.com, Roxio, and Sony's Musiclub.
pressplay is also offered through the Windows Media Player 9 Series."
Now, in a terse statement issued on November 5, Vivendi Universal, UMG's
owner, admits it's under criminal investigation in the U.S.
The announcement came only days after French prosecutors said they're
examining whether or not the company deliberately misled investors while it
was being run by former Chairman Jean-Marie Messier, who himself faces
possible class-actions in the US.
"As in France with the C.O.B [Commission des Operations de la Bourse, the
French Securities and Exchange Commission] and the Justice, Vivendi
Universal intends to cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney's office for the
Southern District of New York that has opened a preliminary criminal
investigation involving Vivendi Universal," said the company.
"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Miami, Florida office, which
has been conducting an informal inquiry, will be coordinating its activities
with the U.S. Attorney's investigation. Vivendi Universal intends to
cooperate fully with those preliminary investigations."
Starting out as 'Compagnie Generale des Eaux', Vivendi has grown to become
the world's second largest media group. On its UMG web page, it says:
."..global operations encompass the development, manufacture, marketing,
sales and distribution of recorded music through a network of subsidiaries,
joint ventures and licensees in 63 countries around the world, representing
98% of the global music market."
Its UMG ownerships and alliances include: Decca; Deutsche Grammophon;
Interscope Geffen A&M; Island Def Jam Music Group; MCA Records; MCA
Nashville; Mercury Nashville; Motown Record Company; Polydor; Universal
Records; Universal Classics Group; Verve Music Group; Universal Music
Publishing Group; and Universal eLabs.
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