“EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes has warned the music industry that she is prepared to take action to ensure a competitive online marketplace across member states, especially for digital music sales,” Stephen Withers reports for iTWire.
“Kroes latest comments came while she was addressing a round table meeting called to discuss the opportunities and barriers to increased online retailing in Europe,” Withers reports. “Those present at the meeting were Ben Verwaayen of technology company Alcatel-Lucent, Bernard Arnault from luxury goods group LVMH, eBay’s John Donahoe, John Elkann from Fiat, music label EMI’s Roger Faxon, musician Sir Mick Jagger, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Bernard Miyet of French performing rights association SACEM, and Peter Vicary Smith from UK consumer organisation Which?.”
“‘Consumers see the internet, and the borders that exist online, and feel that they are not getting a fair deal,’ Kroes told the meeting,” Withers reports. ‘Consumers often find that the products they are looking for are not available to them. As Competition Commissioner, I want to know why.'”
Withers reports, “Kroes sounds determined to put this issue to bed: ‘if a solution to the problems we face today is not found, then the music industry can hardly complain if regulators or enforcers step in,’ she warned.”
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