The London office of law firm Baker & McKenzie advised Apple on its launch of the iTunes Music Store in Europe, it has emerged.

Legal advice was necessary following disputes between Apple and the Association of Independent Music (AIM), which represents the UK’s independent record labels.

According to The Lawyer AIM has been unable to negotiate a suitable agreement with Apple despite in-house negotiations.

AIM had previously come to an agreement with Napster, which launched its own legal service last month.

According to The Lawyer: "The launch of so many download services is the best thing to happen to internet lawyers starved of e-commerce work since the dotcom crash."

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