Probe of Competitive Practices Expanded

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department widened its antitrust investigation of the online music business, sending civil subpoenas across the industry that focused on alleged use of copyright rules and licensing practices to control distribution, Monday’s Wall Street Journal reported.

The subpoenas, formally known as civil investigative demands, were issued late last week and disclose a broad federal investigation into “anticompetitive licensing of intellectual property rights associated with provision of music over the Internet.”

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