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Apple accused of ‘massive music piracy' by estate of Over The Rainbow composer


Added 05-20-19 07:31:01am EST - “Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Pandora are all being sued by the estate of Harold Arlen, the composer of? Over the Rainbow and many other classic songs. A 148-page lawsuit accuses the tech com?” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Apple accused of ‘massive music piracy’ by estate of Over The Rainbow composer”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Pandora are all being sued by the estate of Harold Arlen, the composer of Over the Rainbow and many other classic songs.

A 148-page lawsuit accuses the tech companies of being involved in a ‘massive music piracy operation’ …

The Verge reports that the case is based on a claim that the companies are selling pirated versions of both albums and songs written by the composer, and that there does appear to be evidence to support this.

It’s possible to see some of the unauthorized versions cited in the lawsuit in online stores. For example, there are two copies of the album Once Again… by Ethel Ennis available to stream on Apple Music, but the cover of one has been edited to remove the RCA Victor logo.

In another case, we can see a clear price difference between two digital copies of an original cast recording of the musical Jamaica being sold on Amazon. What appears to be an authorized version from the Masterworks Broadway label prices the full album at $9.99 for download, and individual tracks for $1.29, while a seemingly unauthorized copy from Soundtrack Classics lists them for $3.99, and $0.99 respectively. Like the Ethel Ennis album, the RCA Victor logo on the unauthorized cover also appears to have been edited out.

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