Bertelsmann AG paid rival music labels EMI and Warner Music Group $110 million to settle lawsuits over its backing of online music service Napster.


Warner and EMI Group had sued Bertelsmann for contributing $85 million in loans to the emerging music service in late 2000. Warner disclosed the settlement amount in a regulatory filing.


The German music label has not admitted any wrongdoing. Bertelsmann said in a statement that it was glad to put the "very costly and distracting litigation behind the company."


Shares in Los Angeles-based Napster were off 2 cents to $4.07 in afternoon trading Tuesday on the Nasdaq.

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