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“Over the Rainbow” composer's son accuses Apple and others of piracy

We generally comment on cases of lawsuits against Apple related to fights with other companies over patents, or then consumers who brought Ma to court over problems with the company's products. This, however, does not mean that the Cupertino giant is not in the midst of other imbroglios, as we shall see below.

This time, the target of the lawsuit not only includes Apple, but also includes other giants like Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Pandora. In short, these companies are being accused by the record company SA Music and by the son of Harold Arlen (owner of the composer's creations rights) to engineer a "music piracy operation".

The son of the songwriter of the movie The Wizard of Oz (Over the Rainbow "Best Cano" Oscar winner in 1939) claimed in the lawsuit that streaming of songs distribute unauthorized versions of copyrighted tracks. The broadcast takes place in California's Central District Court and involves a large number of distributors and music studios.

Although the process is focused on licensing these songs, a tip that Apple has been accustomed to based on various actions against it over the years, the charges do not revolve around the lack of payments for music. royalties; instead, the process blames digital music stores and music services. streaming selling over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of Arlen's music.

Many of these songs are even being sold below the price of authorized versions. In California, failure to obtain a license to authorize the reproduction, distribution, sale or transmission of the recordings is considered a violation of the composer's property rights.

Lawyers say online retailers have known this for years, but have not acted. According to the accusation, “The more recordings and albums viruses make available in their stores and services, the better they are able to attract buyers and subscribers.

Due to the large number of defendants, the lawsuit includes a total of 216 claims against the aforementioned companies, with Apple cited in 39 cases.

The composer's son and the record company ask for a jury trial, which the companies declare has been infringed, in addition to a permanent injunction which proves the perpetuation of the infringement. Finally, they ask for compensation for legal damages to be determined by the jury and the payment of attorney fees.

via Cult of Mac