Filed by Vivendi Universal, S.A.
                                        Pursuant to Rule 425 under the
                                        Securities Act of 1933
                                        Deemed filed under Rule 14a-12

                                        Subject Company:, Inc.
                                        Exchange Act File Number of
                                        Subject Company: 000-26697

                        Vivendi Universal Issues Response
                         Relating to Litigation

PARIS and New York - June 20, 2001 - Vivendi Universal (Paris Bourse:  EX FP;
NYSE: V) today made the following statement relating to litigation regarding

The error relating to the Tunes case has been widely reported
since last April. This issue was clearly integrated into Vivendi Universal's
announced acquisition of Such error has no impact on Vivendi
Universal's offer for, and it does not impact any of the previous
settlements relating to litigation. More specifically, it does not
impact any of the settlements with other major music companies. Vivendi
Universal does not consider this particular ruling as an indicator of future
litigation outcome. Vivendi Universal has taken all measures it regards
reasonable to cover the existing and potential exposure claims that may arise
with respect to litigation in the announced acquisition.

Important Disclaimer

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is
defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such
forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual
results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result
of a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control,
including but not limited to: the risk that recently acquired operations will
not be integrated successfully; that the synergies expected to be created as a
result of recent acquisitions will not materialize; that Vivendi Universal
will be unable to further identify, develop and achieve success for new
products, services and technologies; that Vivendi Universal will face
increased competition and that the effect on pricing, spending, third-party
relationships and revenues of such competition will limit or reduce Vivendi
Universal's revenue and/or income; that Vivendi Universal will be unable to
establish and maintain relationships with commerce, advertising, marketing,
technology, and content providers; and that Vivendi Universal will be unable
to obtain or retain, upon acceptable terms, the licenses and permits necessary
to operate and expand its businesses; as well as the risks described in the
documents Vivendi Universal has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission. Investors and security holders are urged to read those documents
at the Commission's web site at Those documents may also be
obtained free of charge from Vivendi Universal.

As previously reported on May 20, 2001, Vivendi Universal and will
file a proxy statement/prospectus and other documents regarding the proposed
merger with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors and
security holders are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus when it
becomes available, because it will contain important information about Vivendi
Universal and and the proposed transaction. A definitive proxy
statement/prospectus will be sent to security holders of seeking their
approval of the transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain a free
copy of the definitive proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other
documents filed by Vivendi Universal and with the SEC at the SEC's web
site at, Vivendi Universal and their respective directors, executive officers
and certain members of management and other employees may be deemed to be
participants in the solicitation of proxies of stockholders to approve
the proposed merger. Such individuals may have interests in the merger,
including as a result of holding options or shares of stock. A
detailed list of the names, affiliations and interests of the participants in
the solicitation will be contained in the proxy statement that will be filed
by with the SEC.

The definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents may also be
obtained free of cost by directing a request to the following Investor
Relations contacts:

Media Relations:                                        Investor Relations:
Paris                                                   Paris
Antoine Lefort                                          Ariane de Lamaze
011-33-1-71-71-1180                                     011-33-1-71-71-1084
Alain Delrieu                                           New York
011-33-1-71-71-1341                                     Eileen McLaughlin
New York                                                212-572-8961
Anita Larsen
Mia Carbonell