The publisher for rap musician, Eminem has filed a very non sequitur lawsuit against Apple for unauthorized music sales through the iTunes Music Store.
Detroit News Reports Eminem's Publisher Sues Apple
The complaint questions the right of record labels to sell musician's music digitally as well as on CD.
A "burning issue" in the music industry today is whether the rights record labels hold to sell a recording artist's CDs include the rights to authorize music downloads, or whether further permission is needed from the music publishers who hold the copyrights to the lyrics and sheet music.
* Apple sells iTunes songs for 99 cents
* The recording label gets a cut of 70 cents (Eminem's label is Universal).
* Out of that $.70, Universal pays about 9.1 cents to the music publisher.
[From MacRumors] Eminem's music publisher stated that they have never authorized Universal to allow the downloads and have demanded that Apple cease and desist online distribution of their music. Apple has reportedly refused.
I'm scratching my temple on this one. Why is Eminem's publisher suing Apple? Should he be suing Universal? This is the second time Eminem's filed suit ... the first time was settled and Eminem went on to appear in an iTunes commercial.
From FixYourThinking November 2005:
I think Apple is realizing an old saying, "Hang with bad people, and bad things happen when you hang with them."
... It appears Eminem has dropped the lawsuit, but Apple is now being sued for a different reason ... for using Eminem in a copycat ad.
I actually like some of Eminem's music, but I wouldn't promote him with my company as Apple is doing. While many disagree with Bono's politics ... no one would say Bono is a thug and I rarely if ever have heard Bono use questionable explicit lyrics in his songs. Bono also tries to make himself out to be a positive role model for world economic change ... Eminem ... last time I checked wrote a song about how he hated his mother and another about a guy killing his girlfriend and committing suicide!