Internet, music publishing
News that song sales on iTunes have passed the three billion mark was somewhat soured by a federal lawsuit filed by Eminem’s music publisher, claiming that iTunes violated copyrights for as many as 80 Eminem songs. Apple has an agreement with Universal Music Group, the record company that owns the recordings, but doesn’t deal directly with publishers, who own the rights to scores and lyrics. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Detroit by Eight Mile Style, and copyright manager Martin Affiliated seek more than $75,000 for copyright infringement, unfair competition and a violation of the Michigan consumer protection act. The lawsuit also asks for damages of up to $150,000 per infringement or each time a song is downloaded. Of the usual 99c download price of a track on iTunes, 70c goes to the record label and 9c to the music publisher for the songwriting.