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Musician accuses Apple of trying to pay artists less for their music

Another day, another lawsuit. Musician Bryan Eich is suing Apple for intentionally deleting records and under-counting downloads and streams on Apple Music in order to pay artists less —or not at all, reports AppleInsider.

He owns the publishing rights to two albums with 18 tracks between them. According to Eich’s court filing, the Cupertino, California-based company never served a notice of intent to obtain compulsory licenses within one month of making available the two album.

The musician claims that Apple “engaged in a systematic process of infringement” by not sending the notice of intent, deliberately deleting stream information, altering the streaming reports, and failing to properly report to him, and presumably others, to “conceal the infringements.”

The filing also claims that the streaming royalties for recordings owned by Eich and some of the named plaintiffs for the suit are “$0.000000.” The musician says that Apple “has failed to include, and/or changed the revenue owed for streams,” notes AppleInsider.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.