Music Publishers file class action against online services

June 2006

Music publishing, internet

16 online music services including Apple, iTunes AOL Music, Sony Connect, RealNetworks and Napster are facing new legal actions. A number of music publishers including Euro Tec Publishing, Bruce Caplin, Prestoons Music have filed the action in the District Court of Los Angeles. Customarily licences are available so that publishers cannot refuse to license previously recorded and released songs, but it is argued that the online music services did not comply with the requisite formalities.

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