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Legal ISP Music Downloads Threatens Existing Online Stores

Posted: 03rd Sep, 2008 By: MarkJ
eMusic, a legal online music store, has warned that plans by some major UK ISPs to launch joint broadband and music service deals could unfairly penalise existing online distribution sites.

There is also a very real fear that some ISPs might end up favouring their own services with extra bandwidth, which could hinder access to rivals and edges dangerously into the tedious 'net neutrality' debate:

"Our concern is that in order to obtain the co-operation of the ISPs, there seems to be a quid pro quo," David Pakman, chief executive of eMusic, told the Financial Times. "This is qualitatively different from licensing another half a dozen digital music businesses." The likes of Apple, eMusic, Amazon and Rhapsody were attracting the same customers to legitimate music sites - "you're penalising the good guys, not the bad guys", he said.

However both BT and Sky Broadband have rejected the concerns, not least because the products themselves have yet to even exist:

"We have no plans to inhibit in any way the traffic of other legitimate music or content services, irrespective of whether we eventually offer our own," said BT.

Never the less, such fears are not without merit; if the first port of call for your Internet access (an ISP) is offering a cheap and legal online music service then many might see no reason to look for an alternative. On the other hand it could be argued that existing legal services have not made much of a dent in piracy (original news).

It will certainly not be easy to reconcile the two and some online music sites might indeed feel it appropriate to raise the issue with various competition authorities, thus causing delays and yet more problems for the industry.
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