Clear Channel are engaging in “monopolistic and predatory practices.”

So says U.S. District Court Judge Edward W. Nottingham in a recent court ruling against the company where the evidence suggests that Clear Channel “illegally reduced radio airplay for artists who booked concert tours with competing promoters.” Monopolies are of no use to anyone. Not in the media, not in computer software and not in the concert promotion business. On the one hand I am certainly encouraged that somebody like Clear Channel is being challenged in court but on the other I see what the end result of Microsoft being branded a monopoly resulted in so I am not holding my breath that things will change that dramatically, although I hope that I am proven wrong.