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Accept gains on settlement; millions download music

The Net music company's settlements with Warner Music and BMG are the latest round in an ongoing battle between the major record labels and scrappy tech start-ups.


  latest developments's settlements with Warner Music and BMG are the latest round in an ongoing battle between the record labels and scrappy tech start-ups. As millions of Net users go online to download music, the labels are trying to embrace the digital delivery of their song libraries while ensuring copyright protections.

see news analysis:'s practices stir debate settles with Warner Music, BMG
update The Net music site settles a copyright infringement lawsuit with two of the "Big Five" record labels, causing its stock to rise. Michael Robertson, CEO

13 million Americans download free music
If you've downloaded tunes off the Net without paying a dime, a new study indicates you are not alone.

BMG inks licensing deal with Net music start-up
Bertelsmann's music division says it has licensed its music catalog to online music storage firm Musicbank.

previous coverage revives database service with music giveaway
The company is bolstering its embattled feature with free licensed recordings in the wake of a court ruling that found the service infringes on thousands of copyrighted songs. bows to record industry pressure
The online music company offers an olive branch to the record industry, agreeing to remove all major-label content from its controversial service. loses legal battle to RIAA
update The record industry wins a key victory in its legal battle against, as a federal judge says the Internet company violated industry copyrights.