Friday’s Music Briefing: Microsoft Wins MP3 Case, Jay-Z Starts Label, EU Rejects 3 Strikes & More

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    Microsoft has won a court
    case that, if the decision had gone the other way, would have forced an additional payment on most downloads for use of mp3 technology. (IT Examiner)
  • Jay-Z and Grammy nominated production duo Stargate (responsible for producing such #1 songs as "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé, "Take A Bow" by Rihanna and "Closer" by Ne-Yo) have formed of a new label and publishing company StarRoc funded via his 360 deal with Live Nation. (FMQB)
  • Universal is planning its own online video destination. (Billboard)
  • Legal
    The EU Parliment has voted against a P2P three strikes law. (TorrentFreak)
  • The judge in the Jammie Thomas file sharing case brought by the RIAA has declared a mistrial and ordered a new trial. (AP)
  • Generally positive reaction to MySpace Music from Listening Post, Coolfer. AP, and PaidContent
  • Toshiba has invested $20 million in retail kiosk provider MOD Systems whose sytem downloads onto SD cards. (press release)
  • Fontana announces an aggressive fourth quarter schedule of indie releases. (press release)
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