"Following an in-depth investigation the Commission approved the creation of the Sony/BMG music recording joint venture on 19 July 2004"* Over the last 15 years, the music industry has witnessed the process of gradual consolidation. The Commission has analysed a number of these concentrations under the Merger Regulation, including EMI/Virgin , Seagram/Polygram (creating Universal Music) , EMI/Time Warner  and Bertelsmann/Zomba . On 19 July 2004, in its most recent decision in this sector the Commission authorised the creation of the Sony and BMG's joint venture for recorded music following an in-depth investigation. The Commission decided to approve the transaction after a detailed analysis and following the parties' response to the Statement of Objections and an Oral
The EU Commission approves after an in-depth investigation the creation of a joint venture in the music industry (Sony / BMG)
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