Suit against Apple sent ‘Over the Rainbow’ by songwriter estate

In the summer of 2019, the estate of Harold Arlen who was the songwriter for ‘The Wizard of Oz’ filed a claim against Apple arguing that 6000 unauthorised copies of ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and other Arlen songs had been distributed on platforms such as Apple Music.

The estate also filed claims against Amazon and Google for their music platforms.

When the claim was filed, Arlen’s son stated that the suit focused on the “massive music piracy operations in the digital music stores and streaming services of some of the largest tech companies in the world”.

It seems though the suits disappeared down the yellow brick road as the Google and Amazon suits were dismissed 4 months later, and the Apple suit being withdrawn this week.

This is the end of this matter for now, but the estate did file new claims against the tech giants at the beginning of the year in respect of a large list of songs so watch this space for more disputes.

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