It’s been a while since we’ve seen public tensions in the west between music rightsholders and Apple over piracy apps – Apple’s involvement being as the owner of the store through which those apps are distributed.
According to TorrentFreak, it’s all kicking off in Russia over this issue though, following a new law cracking down on piracy apps.
It reported that Sony Music, Universal Music and WMG subsidiary SBA Music Publishing have filed complaints against Apple in the Moscow City Court, requesting that the company remove three apps: PewPee: Music Player, iMus Music Player and Offline Music Download Music / Music Downloader & Player (which must be in line for some kind of SEO prize).
The labels’ attorney Roman Lukyanov described the cases as a “test run” to see if the new law, which promises to make takedowns of infringing apps easier, works as promised.
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