Google Music officially may launch next week
Google Inc. sent out invitations to a press conference that being held jointly with Universal Music Group a couple of days ago. The Conference will be held in Los Angeles, and the subject of the conference is the new music service from Google. The launch of Google Music was delayed all the time, but now, as you can see, the music service starts working. A partner of Google is Universal Music. Namely, this company is listed as a co-organizer of the conference.
Google has signed a cooperation agreement, namely acquired the right to use the Universal Music tracks in its service. The negotiations with Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are less fortunate, and Google representatives are still trying to negotiate with these guys. In addition, it is unclear whether a group of companies as EMI would work with Google.
Recently, it was reported that Universal Music buys the assets of EMI Group for $ 1.9 billion dollars. It is possible that Google gets an access to the music library, which rights belong to EMI, when signing a cooperation agreement with Universal Music.
Previously, Google launched a beta version of Google Music (for U.S. only) without the license agreements with record companies for music files, and it can be a stumbling block when trying to negotiate with the copyright holders. But there is another option, as Google has already agreement with Universal Music, it will remove all the unlicensed materials from the project and use only the music, which rights are owned by Universal Music (and perhaps, EMI). In any case, we will find out more about all this next Wednesday.
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