Harold Arlen, who wrote classic songs such as "Over the Rainbow" and "I Got The World on a String", takes several Silicon Valley giants to court. Arlson's son told BBC News that he found more than 6,000 unauthorized copies of his songs on Google, Apple, and Amazon devices.
A 148-page filing at the US District Court in Los Angeles claims that streaming services are flooded with bounced copies of Arlen's songs, preventing his property from collecting royalties.
The file shows that a fan searching for Ethel Ennis' recording of Arlen song "For Every Man, There Is a Woman", finds the official recording from the RCA Victor label on iTunes for $ 1.29. But another version is apparently available on the Stardust Records label ̵
"It's hard to imagine that a person entering Tower Records, off the street, with arms full of CDs and vinyl records and claimed to be the record label for Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, could succeed in having the store sells its copies directly next to the same albums, published by legendary record companies, Capitol, RCA and Columbia, and at a lower price, says Arlens lawyers in the archives. in the digital music industry where it is … a complete will from the digital music stores and services to seek popular and iconic recordings from any source, legitimate or not, provided they participate in sharing the proceeds. "
According to BBC News, some of the recordings that Arlen's lawyers call are still protected by copyright in Europe. In the United States, copyright for audio recordings is post-1923 and before 1972 typically 95. In the UK and Europe, copyright ceases after 70 years.
Aside from Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon, the estate puts dozens of record companies along with online stores, which it claims have "continued to work on" alleged pirates despite knowing copyright infringements "for several years." 
The lawsuit seeks damage in the range of $ 4.5 million. Read the full BBC report here.
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