Online music service Napster has joined the European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the coalition that represents online music companies.

Online music service Napster has joined the European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the coalition that represents online music companies.

Brussels-based EDiMA said Napster would become a key asset in the group's lobbying efforts on collective rights management in the European Union, licensing across collections societies and other copyright issues.

EDiMA president and chairman of Buorngiorno/Vitaminic Mauro Del Rio said Napster had already helped highlight the huge potential of digital media and proved that there was a growing and robust market for media on online and mobile platforms.

"Their membership will further add to the strong collective weight of EDiMA and reinforce our messages for promoting digital media across Europe," Del Rio commented in a statement issued today (Aug. 23).

EDiMA counts Apple Computer, Amazon, Fnac.com, Wanadoo, OD2 and RealNetworks among its members.