EMI and Sony BMG have reached a deal to get more music and other products distributed using the Internet in the US and Canada.

The cooperation deal covers new DualDisc products, ring tones, digital video, audio disks and digital music sales. It should accelerate plans to secure rights for thousands of copyrighted works for digital distribution.

EMI Music Publishing chairman Martin Bandier said: "This agreement builds on EMI Music Publishing's mission to make its music available to consumers whenever, however and wherever they want it. An agreement that facilitates more consumer friendly and piracy-deterrent formats is a big step for our industry and a huge win for artists and music fans."