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Music licensing company takes aim at Apple Music for illegal streaming

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:42 am

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Apple stands accusing of breaking the US Copyright Act by streaming copyrighted songs through Apple Music without the right permissions.

The company Pro Music Rights (PRM) filed its complaint in New York on Wednesday. It describes unpaid royalties and ongoing infringement relating to a number of songs. PMR licenses a couple of million tracks, including works from artists such as A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Gucci Mane, and others.

PRM was founded by Jake P. Noch, a 20-year-old entrepreneur. According to PRM, it controls a market share of 7.4% of the public performance rights market in the United States. Noch is a “musical prodigy,” the lawsuit claims.

According to the suit, PMR contacted Apple in June 2018 about its use of protected music streaming. The Statutory Licensing Division of Music Reports, on behalf of Apple, replied with a note of its intent to obtain a license. But this didn’t happen. “Despite PMR’s persistent efforts, Apple failed to enter into a license agreement,” the suit says.

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