Apple copyright lawsuit with Tin Pan Alley music heirs has been settled

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The heirs to a collection of early 20th-century Tin Pan Alley tunes and the iTunes Store of Apple have finally reached a copyright settlement, ending prior cases against Microsoft, Amazon, and Google.

The businesses were each accused of marketing “bootleg” digital renditions of songs by Ray Henderson, Harry Warren, and Harold Arlen. In the case of the songwriters’ heirs, popular songs from the era like “Stormy Weather” and “That’s Amore” were mentioned.

The lawsuits were filed in 2019, per Reuters. According to the lawsuits, the businesses “just copied previously available songs and sold them as if they were the legal owners” while also charging “less money than the approved versions.”

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US Distract Judge William Orrick determined in March 2022 that Apple had not willfully violated any copyright. He did add, though, that the corporation might be held responsible for making these specific recordings available on the iTunes Store.

Apple and the heirs have come to an agreement, according to court documents filed in San Francisco on August 31, 2022. There are currently no known additional details, but the settlement comes after similar ones with Google, Microsoft, and Amazon in 2021.

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