Apple Plugs Old iTunes Radio Leak With Copyright Claim
Digital Music News was recently forced to remove a leaked copy of an iTunes Radio contract from its website after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) claimed that the music news site was infringing on its copyright. Digital Music News originally posted the leaked document on its website in June and it is not clear why Apple took this long to claim copyright infringement.
The iTunes Radio contract that Digital Music News obtained was a particular version of the contract that was offered to the independent record labels. Supposedly the contract revealed that the deals Apple struck with the smaller independent labels were markedly different from the deals it struck with the major record labels.
Digital Music News claimed that the contract showed that Apple “forced sub-standard terms onto all indies, except for [the] biggest, most influential labels.” However, this allegation is based on information from unnamed sources, since copies of Apple’s major label contracts have not been leaked online.