WMG Withholds Content From Nokia Online Store

Cellphone manufacturer Nokia says it is in negotiations with Warner Music Group over the major's refusal to allow its content on the Finnish company's new music download service.

Cellphone manufacturer Nokia says it is in negotiations with Warner Music Group over the major's refusal to allow its content on the Finnish company's new music download service.

The Nokia Music Store went live yesterday (Nov. 1) but WMG is withholding its catalog because of concerns about illegal downloads. At the heart of the dispute is a separate Nokia service called MOSH -- a file sharing Web site that allows users to distribute videos, photos and songs.

Sources close to the situation say that content from WMG and other record labels -- not to mention non-music copyrighted content from other sources -- is freely available on the MOSH service. Until Nokia can reign in what some are calling a "flagrant" source of piracy, don't expect a deal from WMG anytime soon. Sources have even hinted at possible legal action against Nokia.

In a statement, Nokia said it did not allow the distribution of copyrighted material on the service and utilized "industry-leading" features to prevent the uploading of such audio and video.

The Nokia Music Store has a library of two million songs from Universal, EMI, Sony BMG and independent labels. Nokia launched its new download store in conjunction with optimized mobile phones to play music and games and watch videos.