For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: July 9, 2004

96 Idaho Libraries Will Receive Over 25,000 CDs From CD Settlement

(Boise) - Idaho public libraries will soon receive more than 25,000 music compact discs (CDs), Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today. The distribution is a result of a legal settlement with five of the largest U.S. music distributors of CDs and three large CD retailers. The CDs will be shipped directly to libraries throughout Idaho beginning today.

The settlement stems from an August 2000 antitrust lawsuit which Idaho and 39 other states alleged in federal court that the defendant music distributors and retailers illegally entered into conspiracies to raise the price of CDs.

The court approved, as part of the settlement, the distribution of music CDs to not-for-profit corporations, charitable groups, and government entities. The CD distribution is the third aspect of the settlement. Other components included a mandatory change in sales practices of the defendants and compensation for consumers who purchased CDs with illegally inflated prices. 15,500 Idaho consumers who filed claims received approximately $214,830 in compensation.

"The defendants in the case hurt both the consumers and competitors through their unlawful activity," said Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. "The distribution of CDs is one way that the defendants can compensate for the harm inflicted on local communities."

The CDs will be representative of all genres of music and include such titles as: "The Very Best of Aretha Franklin" by Aretha Franklin; "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans; Louis Armstrong's "I Love Jazz;" Chopin "Nocturnes;," and "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi.

The defendants in the lawsuit were music distributors Bertelsmann Music Group, Inc., EMI Music Distribution, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., Universal Music Group and national retail chains Transworld Entertainment Corporation, Tower Records, and Musicland Stores Corporation.

The following Idaho public libraries will receive the number of compact discs indicated:

Idaho Distributionin the Music CD Antitrust Settlement

Public Library

City 

Number
of CDs

Aberdeen Public Library 

Aberdeen

104

Ada Community Library

Boise 

760

American Falls District Library

American Falls

167

Armoral Tuttle Public Library 

New Plymouth

56

Ashton Public Library 

Ashton 

96

Bear Lake Co. Dist. Library - Whitman - Thiel Branch

Montpelier 

158

Bellevue Public Library 

Bellevue 

70

Benewah County District Library - Tri - Community Branch 

Fernwood 

50

Blackfoot Public Library 

Blackfoot 

247

Blackfoot Rural Library District 

Blackfoot 

218

Boise Basin District Library 

Idaho City

100

Boise Public Library 

Boise 

3,660

Bruneau Valley Library 

Bruneau 

41

Buhl Public Library 

Buhl 

112

Caldwell Public Library 

Caldwell 

604

Camas County District Library 

Fairfield 

50

Cascade Public Library 

Cascade 

48

Challis Public Library 

Challis 

48

Clark County District Library 

Dubois 

48

Clarkia District Library 

Clarkia 

32

Clearwater County District Library 

Weippe 

181

Coeur d'Alene Public Library 

Coeur d'Alene

749

Council District Library

Council 

65

DeMary Memorial Public Library

Rupert 

140

Eagle Public Library

Eagle 

269

East Bonner County Free Library District 

Sandpoint 

659

Eastern Owyhee County District Library 

Grand View

75

Elk River Free Library District

Elk River 

32

Emmett Public Library

Emmett 

143

Franklin County District Library 

Preston 

267

Fremont County District Library 

Ashton 

33

Garden City Public Library

Garden City

258

Garden Valley District Library 

Garden Valley 

72

Glenns Ferry Public Library 

Glenns Ferry 

60

Gooding Public Library 

Gooding 

100

Grace District Library 

Grace

78

Grangeville Centennial Library 

Grangeville 

95

Hagerman Public Library 

Hagerman 

40

Hailey Public Library 

Hailey 

165

Hansen District Library 

Hansen 

84

Homedale Public Library 

Homedale 

84

Horseshoe Bend District Library 

Horseshoe Bend 

59

Idaho Falls Public Library 

Idaho Falls

1,606

Jefferson County District Library - Menan - Annis Branch 

Menan 

181

Jerome Public Library 

Jerome 

191

Kellogg Public Library 

Kellogg 

75

Kimberly Public Library 

Kimberly 

90

Kootenai Shoshone Area Libraries - Hayden Branch 

Hayden Lake

1,227

Kuna Library District 

Kuna 

299

Latah County District Library - Moscow 

Moscow 

733

Lemhi County District Library 

Salmon 

184

Lewiston City Library 

Lewiston 

644

Lewisville Public Library 

Lewisville 

38

Little Wood River District Library 

Carey 

46

Lizard Butte District Library 

Marsing 

157

Lost Rivers District Library 

Arco 

90

Mackay District Library 

Mackay

57

Madison District Library 

Rexburg 

514

Marshall Public Library 

Pocatello 

1,026

McCall Public Library 

McCall

70

Meridian District Library 

Meridian 

1,117

Middleton Public Library 

Middleton 

97

Midvale District Library 

Midvale 

41

Mullan Public Library 

Mullan 

45

Nampa Public Library 

Nampa 

1,163

North Bingham County District Library 

Shelley 

255

Oakley District Library 

Oakley 

59

Ola District Library 

Ola

32

Oneida County District Library 

Malad 

114

Osburn Public Library 

Osburn 

58

Patricia Romanko Public Library 

Parma 

69

Payette Public Library 

Payette 

175

Pierce District Library 

Pierce 

45

Plummer Public Library 

Plummer 

72

Portneuf District Library 

Chubbuck 

356

Post Falls Public Library 

Post Falls

399

Prairie Free District Library 

Prairie 

32

Prairie River Library District - Lapwai 

Lapwai 

331

Priest Lake District Library 

Priest Lake

64

Richfield District Library 

Richfield 

48

Rigby Public Library 

Rigby 

92

Roberts Public Library 

Roberts 

41

Rockland School/Community Library 

Rockland 

40

Salmon River Public Library 

Riggins 

37

Shoshone Public Library 

Shoshone 

96

Snake River School/Community Library 

Blackfoot 

182

Soda Springs Public Library 

Soda Springs 

99

South Bannock District Library - Downey 

Downey 

188

St. Anthony Public Library 

Ashton 

184

St. Maries Public Library 

St. Maries 

146

Sugar Salem School/Community Library 

Sugar City 

117

Twin Falls Public Library 

Twin Falls 

728

Valley of The Tetons District Library 

Victor 

167

Wallace Public Library 

Wallace 

48

Weiser Public Library 

Weiser 

137

West Bonner Library District 

Priest River 

123

 

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