Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i

Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music industries. Not only is more money passing hands for a publisher than ever before, but the deal will test competition laws, affect business decisions and perhaps have an impact on legislation in the industry's digital and mobile future.