A new lawsuit alleging that Apple is involved in a “blatant” music piracy on iTunes was launched Wednesday, following at least two identical cases filed by the same entities.
The lawsuit is just the latest in a series of complaints accusing Apple of being involved in music piracy.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, follows a series of similar lawsuits claiming that Apple is profiting from the sale of copyrighted music illegally reproduced on iTunes, including one filed April 22.
This new lawsuit names several complainants who have filed complaints against Apple, such as SA Music, the Harold Arlen Trust, Ray Henderson Music Company and Four Jays Music Company.
As in previous complaints, the prosecution claims that Apple is selling music compositions on iTunes that have been illegally re-recorded from physical copies by music distribution companies without the appropriate mechanical licenses.
In this case, the lawsuit claims that Ideal Music and Genepool Distribution worked together to introduce pirated musical compositions into iTunes, claiming that the two companies, with Apple, are “jointly and severally liable as members of a chain of separate distribution “.
The plaintiffs in the trial together wrote hundreds of popular songs and jazz standards, including “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen, “I Only Have Eyes for You” by Harry Warren and “It All Depends on You” Henderson.
They are asking for damages and legal costs, as well as a permanent injunction for the defendants to infringe the copyrighted material.