"The independents welcome the [European Commission's] conclusion that Universal's power is a problem across the whole market, both digital and physical, including access to media," said an IMPALA statement. "The remedies package put in place, however, is not considered to be tough enough to curb Universal's improved market position."
Ted Cohen, managing partner of TAG Strategic, a digital media consulting firm, said Friday, "I, for one, am glad to see this merger successfully resolved. The EMI team has done some brilliant work in the face of drastic uncertainty. Now that the deal can move forward, artists can be more confident that they have reasonable security going forward. I only hope that UMG sees the value in EMI music execs such as Mark Piibe, Pat Shah and Tricia Tranquillo, who have been moving things forward in the digital/mobile space, where our futures are going to be made."