“An attorney for Apple defended the Cupertino company’s use of Eminem’s songs on iTunes in court Thursday, as a trial got under way to determine who had the right to offer digital downloads of the rapper’s music,” Ed White reports for The Associated Press.
“Eight Mile Style, Eminem’s music publisher, and an affiliated company, Martin Affiliated, say their contract with Aftermath Records, which controls the recordings, did not entitle it to strike a deal with Apple to sell 93 songs over iTunes,” White reports.
White reports, “The issue for the judge in the rapper’s hometown of Detroit is narrow: What do contracts between Eight Mile and Aftermath say about the ability to peddle songs beyond traditional compact discs?
“In his opening statement, Apple lawyer Glenn Pomerantz said it’s a case of ‘common sense,'” White reports. “‘Nowhere does it say only compact discs. Nowhere does it say … not digital downloads,’ he told U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor.”
White reports, “Despite the legal dispute, Eight Mile cashed royalty checks and hasn’t asked Apple to stop selling Eminem’s songs, Pomerantz said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: This ain’t ’bout nuttin’ but da bidness, right, Em?