Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Current Parent Company: 
Sony
Penalty: 
$10,000,000
Year: 
2005
Date: 
July 25, 2005
Offense Group: 
competition-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
kickbacks and bribery
Violation Description: 

Sony BMG agreed to make $10 million in charitable contributions as part of the settlement of allegations that it made payments and provided expensive gifts to radio stations and their employees in return for airplay for the company's songs, a practice known as payola.

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
New York Attorney General
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
New York
HQ Country of Parent: 
Japan
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
electrical and electronic equipment
Specific Industry of Parent: 
consumer electronics
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Parent company note: 
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