Apple is accused again of “piracy”; ex-Genius sues company

In today’s episode of “another day, another lawsuit”, we will see that the Cupertino giant was the target of the third charge of piracy involving the Apple Music (only) this year. In addition, a former PwD employee at Apple filed a lawsuit against the company for lack of accessibility on your premises.

New charge of piracy

A music licensing company is suing Apple for allegedly violating copyright laws by reproducing them on its music platform. streaming without the proper license. This is the third such case in the year, the first recorded in May and the second in September.

THE Pro Music Rights (PMR), a copyright organization, claims that Apple has streamed and continues to stream copyrighted music without obtaining a license for them or entering into a contract to pay for royalties for reproductions, as reported by AppleInsider.

According to the lawsuit, PMR sent a letter to Apple in June 2018 demanding that the company acquire such licenses; the company replied only that it had already submitted “a notice of intention to obtain a license”.

With an estimated market share of 7.4%, PMR has the right to license around 2 million (!) Of works by renowned artists, including A $ AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, Lil Yachty, Soulja Boy, Nipsey Hussle, 2 Chainz, Migos, Gucci Mane, Fall Out Boy, among others.

PMR filed a similar lawsuit against Spotify, in which it demanded the payment of US $ 1 billion for more than 500 million streams “Illegal”. In the lawsuit against Apple, PMR seeks all proceeds associated with reproductions of the violated works and the payment of $ 150,000 for each act of infringement.

Process involving accessibility

Robert Shaw

A former Genius who uses a wheelchair is also suing the company after alleging that the company broke several laws under the Canadian Ontario Ontario Human Rights Code by failing to adequately meet its needs, which culminated in his constructive dismissal. The information is Narcity.

Robert Shaw it claims in a statement that Apple has repeatedly refused to accommodate him in a type of store tailored to him, and instead has chosen to create “remedial measures” for the situation. Shaw’s lawyer, Andrew Monkhouse, said Apple is guilty of discrimination and for failing to meet its own accessibility standards.

On the company’s website, Apple proudly displays its work on accessibility technology. Apple also used its accessibility work in its marketing materials. The company received awards and a lot of media for its efforts in accessibility technology. However, these charges seem to indicate that the company does not appear to be practicing what it preaches in its own retail stores.

More precisely, Shaw complains that Apple has failed to provide a desk with the appropriate height for someone who uses a wheelchair and also to carry out the necessary adaptations in the store – and this goes beyond this process, since the lack of accessibility affects all wheelchair customers in the company, of course.

Apple did not comment on the case; other details of the action were also not disclosed.

via Patently Apple