Apple has been accused of piracy in music by major American artists available on Apple Music. The lawsuit was filed by Four Jays Music Company, which represents names like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday and Ray Charles. The legal settlement is based on a commercial music licensing agreement between Apple and Orchard and Cleopatra.
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Companies that do not represent these artists and do not own the rights to the recordings, which makes monetized reproduction a crime. Without legal basis, Apple would be infringing the copyright of the works and could not use them in its streaming system. The process was submitted on the 13th, but there is no forecast for completion. The apple company has not yet commented on the matter.
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According to the Patently Apple website, only songs by golden age artists of American music had their copyright broken. Four Jays Music, the royal copyright holder, claims that the case characterizes an act of piracy by Apple. The company owns the works rights of several jazz and popular music artists, including Etta James, Luis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Miles Daves, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Fred Astaire and Ray Charles. .
The lawsuit suggests that Apple is aware of its infringing conduct and yet continues to offer the music in its catalog. The settlement companies, Orchard and Cleopatra, would also be aware of their actions, but have kept the distribution of illegal content for years.
There is no information about the values surrounding the process. However, distribution deals generate huge revenue for companies, especially for world-renowned artists. An eventual fine or settlement determined with Four Jays Music would bring a million dollar loss to Apple. Remember that in the past, the apple company has been accused of committing the same crime. The company allegedly violated recording rights of composer Harold Arlen, famous for winning the Best Pipe Oscar in 1939, with the music theme song from The Wizard of Oz.
Via 9To5Mac and Patently Apple
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