Ex-Ramones drummer sues Apple over music downloads

“A former drummer of the iconic punk rock band The Ramones sued Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple Inc. and Real Networks Inc. on Friday, alleging copyright infringement over digital downloads of the band’s songs,” Chad Bray reports for MarketWatch.

“Richard Reinhardt, who performed under the name Richie Ramone, filed his lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan… Reinhardt claims he is the author of six Ramones songs… ‘Significantly, Richie has never licensed or authorized the use of the compositions in any digital formats,’ the lawsuit says,” Bray reports.

“The lawsuit claims Reinhardt has suffered at least $900,000 in damages as a result of the alleged infringement,” Bray reports.

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43 Comments

  1. isnt it the record companies responsibilty to ensure that the artists are paid? Apple don’t pay the artists, they pay the record companies. in turn they should pay the artists accordingly.

    The RAMONES were an awesome band, one of my favs, I hope richie gets what he deserves, if it turns out hes been shafted.

  2. How did his songs get onto itunes? If they were submitted by a recording company then he signed an agreement with the Fat Greedy Bastards! not Apple incs fault.

    If they were submitted by his band then see the above!!!

    If they were submitted by a ghost, see the above!!!

    I wonder if he was drugs at the time?

    Life hard, the you die…..Someone introduce him to the joy’s of drinking Camel’s Milk, One major & minor fart will inspire him to compose a “One hit wonder”!

  3. OMG, OMG,OMG it’s the Ramones!

    Hey Richie, “Someone put something in your drink” and “why can’t you say something nice”? But seriously are you Jesus or just pissed at “Human Kind”? At your age “you should know better now”.

    Who the Bleeep are the Ramones? Better yet who cares!

    Timewaste…

  4. I can’t agree about the Ramones being a great band. I bought a collection of their best songs and couldn’t believe how bad most of them were. Mostly sounded like punk garagebands who barely knew how to play. I like punk but the Ramones were not close to being good in my opinion.

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