May 21, 2019

'Over the Rainbow' composer's estate sues Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple for "massive piracy"

Composer Harold Arlen's estate filed a 148-page lawsuit against Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, alleging they have committed widespread piracy, accusing them of running a "massive piracy operation for the purpose of generating profits from their sales and streams of pirated recordings". The lawsuit claims that technology allowed increased bootlegging by musical pirates, and because of this pirating Arlen's estate has not been paid mechanical royalties owed whenever the composer's work is copied and distributed.  The estate claims tech companies sold over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of Arlen's music, and bootleg versions of his songs - such as 'Over the Rainbow' - were sold at discount prices, Forbes reports.