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Synergy Shenanigans November 5, 2007

Posted by David Card in Media.
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If you can’t “synergize” to get negotiating clout — legal or otherwise — why bother? News Corp. drops ban on using Universal Music in Fox shows, even though the MySpace suit remains unsettled:

    The Twentieth Century Fox film and TV studios’ ban on using Universal music was recently lifted. But the move highlights the tense and convoluted relations between media conglomerates with conflicting agendas in the digital age. According to numerous people familiar with the situation, the ban was implemented in February by senior News Corp. management in reaction to a lawsuit Universal had filed against News Corp. and MySpace. That suit, filed in November 2006 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleged that MySpace contributed to copyright infringement by allowing users to post unauthorized copies of Universal’s songs and music videos.
    The lawsuit hasn’t been decided, but the ban was nonetheless lifted last month, according to the people familiar with the situation.
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