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EU Regulators Near Decision on Sony/ATV’s Jackson Buyout

Sony/ATV Music’s rivals have aired concerns with European regulators about the publishing giant’s move to acquire the Michael Jackson estate’s portion of the joint venture. EU antitrust officials have a provisional deadline of Aug. 1 to decide whether to let Sony buy out Jackson’s 50 percent stake in the company, which owns the publishing rights of most Beatles songs, as well as music by Taylor Swift, Whitney Houston and others.

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