Apple defends itself in court
The trial between Apple and Eight Mile Style is officially underway in Detroit, Michigan, with the Cupertino-based tech company defending its sale of select Eminem songs.
The contract between Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated, who worked with Aftermath Records, didn’t include offering digital music tracks that could be sold through iTunes. The deal between Eight Mile Style and Aftermath is supposedly only valid for CDs and other physical media.
“No where does it say only compact discs,” Apple attorney told U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor. “No where does it say … not digital downloads.”
The non-jury trial — which has been agreed upon by both sides — could last up to two weeks in length, legal experts note.
Specifically, 93 music tracks are in question — Eight Mile never asked Apple to stop selling the music files, and the company continues to cash royalty checks, according to Apple. Apple reportedly made $2.5 million, $566,915 of which was attributed to “Lose Yourself”. Aftermath has made $4 million from the Eminem songs through iTunes.
Eminem, whose legal name is Marshall Mathers, is not expected to testify during the trial, as he’s not listed as a witness.
Since music publishers and Apple have had issues in the past, it should prove interesting to see what the judge’s ruling will be. The decision could help set a future precedent that changes the way Apple handles agreements with music labels in the future.
There are 0 comments
Most popular headlines
- Tue 16 Sep 08:09 by DoMiN8ToR
Russian leaker WZOR has posted information about Windows 9 again, revealing...
- Tue 16 Sep 09:09 by Kerry Brown
File this one under speculation/unsupported in your bad news inbox, but it seems...
- Fri 19 Sep 06:09 by DoMiN8ToR
Cloud Services where users can download illegal movies, music and software are a...
- Mon 15 Sep 01:09 by Vroom
Review: Kingston DT HyperX 3.0 64GB Reviewed by: Antonis Sapanidis P...
- Wed 17 Sep 05:09 by DoMiN8ToR
A week after the release of a security update for Microsoft Lync Server, the sof...