German media giant Bertelsmann announced earlier today that the group completed its takeover of music rights group BMG, marking Bertelsmann’s return to the music business with a special focus on digital rights management and music services.

In this exclusive Outside the Box white paper, learn more about how Bertelsmann started its drive to make digital media central to its strategy and, for instance, how in addition to last year’s acquisition of Smashing Ideas, the US digital-media agency, the group operates the Bertelsmann Digital Media Investment (BDMI) funds to invest in online and mobile start-up companies in the US and Europe.


Highlights of this MIP-exclusive issue also include:

– Metallica regains its music rights

– Springsteen rocks a crowdsourcing film

– Apple, Google shelve rivalry for Kodak

– Ebook publishers fight for global rights


Click here to download Outside the Box (email required)


This report is the latest issue of a quarterly entertainment trends review developed by MediaTainment Finance, the business journal that covers investments in international media, entertainment and the impact of related digital technologies.

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