Consumers Target EMI France Over Unplayable CDs

October 2004

Record Labels

French authorities have launched an investigation of EMI France and music retailer Fnac over anti-copying technology included on CDs that allegedly renders them unplayable on some systems. Labels use the technology to protect their copyrights but a magistrate judge on 31 July ordered the investigation following a review of consumer complaints by a local division of the Bureau of Competition’s antifraud unit (DDCCRF).The move is among the most threatening actions yet taken in Europe against record labels and retailers over anti-copying technology. The DDCCRF carried out its own tests, and a judge subsequently ordered a judicial examination of EMI Music France and Fnac on charges of fraud. The charges carry possible prison terms of up to 2 years for company executives, and a fine of about $45,000 (£25,000).

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