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Background: Today reports surfaced that European antitrust authorities have voted to approve the proposed merger between the major record labels Universal Music Group (UMG) and EMI, with divestitures. The European Commission's final decision on the merger is expected to be made later this month. Previous reports indicate UMG will be required to sell global rights to Parlophone (except for the Beatles' catalog), Chrysalis, and Sanctuary, among other labels.
The Daily Mail's report on the advisory council's vote may be found here.
Public Knowledge's testimony to the U.S. Congress opposing the merger may be found here.
The following statement may be attributed to Jodie Griffin, Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge: