A new lawsuit claims apple and a music distribution company were involved in a “massive music piracy operation” to profit from the re-recorded work,media outlet Apple Insider reported. Apple has previously faced lawsuits related to music. In September 2019, there were complaints that the Cupertino tech giant profited by extracting pirated music recordings from physical reproductions. Now, similar lawsuits put Apple at the forefront.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses Apple and Adasam Ltd. of illegally copying and distributing more than 80 pirated music pieces. Adasam is a British music distribution company. On the iTunes Store, it’s based on names like Blue Orchid, Six Week Smile and Atlantic Motion.
More specifically, the lawsuit claims that Adasam is selling “records from almost every well-known recording artist from the 1920s to the 1960s.” The company’s catalogue was allegedly pirated because the plaintiff stated that it had not obtained proper permission to reproduce the recordings. As for parts of Apple’s alleged plans, the complaint alleges that the company contracted Adasam to distribute its pirated catalog to the iTunes Store. In many cases, in addition to legal copies provided by record companies, copies allegedly pirated are provided.
In one case, RCA sold the legal version of Lena Horne’s Stormy Weather on the iTunes Store for $1.29, while Adasam sold pirated copies for 99 cents.
The complaint also alleges that Apple and Adasam “presumably” pirated a series of best-selling records, including copies of “actually all the important records from the 1940s to the early 1960s.” It added that each entry in the series contained about 30 apple and Adasam records that were “absolutely not entitled to be sold.”
“All of this could have led Toasam to be in the event of a massive act of music piracy,” the lawsuit reads. Apple actually understood or intentionally ignored evidence of piracy and engaged in large-scale infringement. “
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include SA Music, Harold Arlen Trust, Ray Henderson Music Co. and Four Jays Music Company.
The plaintiffs co-wrote hundreds of pop and jazz standards. For example, Harold Arlen co-wrote Over The Rainbow, Harry Warren wrote songs such as Chataanoga Cho cho and I Only Have Eyes for You, and Ray Ray Henderson wrote works such as Bye Bye Blackbird.
The complaint is seeking damages and legal costs, as well as a permanent injunction that would prevent Apple and Adasam from allegedly infringing the plaintiff’s copyright edit.