Universal Music Group has confirmed on Tuesday that it has reached a deal with Qtrax, a legitimate file-sharing site, to allow free and legal downloads of Universal Music.
In January, Qtrax announced that it had the backing of all the major labels. This, however, came to a halt after it had been revealed by Warner Music that it had not authorized the use of its content on the service.
Universal Music and EMI both said that they had not signed contracts at the time with Qtrax.
It currently has contracts with finetunes, Sony/ATV (owned by Michael Jackson and Sony BMG) and TVT Records.
Qtrax was first launched in 2002, but shut down to avoid legal troubles. It relaunched late last year with some criticising the service.