Technology giant Apple is facing its first lawsuit for infringing upon an independent artist’s copyright and “failed to license mechanical rights.”
The defendant, Bryan Eich, is seeking $30,000 for the infringement. The technology behemoth failed to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) with the Copyright Office, and Richard Garbarini, Eich’s lawyer, is asking the court to acknowledge and “certify” the songwriters that own the publishing rights on Apple Music and other digital service providers.
Copyright infringement is alive and well, unfortunately. Far too many artists, companies, content creators, and other creative individuals think that they can just use copyright material whenever and wherever they please. While there are companies and technologies that are fighting and revolutionizing the way that content creators can legally access music, we still must obey and respect other people’s property, including their music.