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Apple's TV set top and its iTunes store are targets for artists

Apple may be in trouble with its Apple TV set top player and the iTunes store. Two lawsuits filed this week claim that Apple knowingly infringed on copyrights, one of which belongs to a Louis Psihoyos, an artistic photographer. The second suit is a civil complaint that claims Apple and pop star Avril Lavigne knowingly infringed on a song written in 1979.

One of the Apple TV's well known advertisements uses a visual representation of a "video wall," consisting of many small videos playing at once with an Apple TV box in the middle. According to the lawsuit which was filed in Boulder, Colorado, the similarity between Apple's video wall and Psihoyos’ photo is too close to be merely coincidence. In fact, Apple and Psihoyos had been in negotiations over the use of his photo or concept.

Unfortunately for Psihoyos, Apple never reached an agreement with him. Instead of developing another concept for its advertisements, the complaint noted that Apple went ahead and used Psihoyos' material anyway. Psihoyos' attorney Richard Kaudy wrote in the complaint that Apple knowingly ignored Psihoyos' "rights and feelings" and any profits that Apple generated from Psihoyos' work were kept for itself.

A separate civil complaint charges that Apple's iTunes music store is an acting catalyst for music infringement. According to the suit, Avril Lavigne's hit single "Girlfriend" is based on another song from the 1970's called "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" by James Gangwer and Tommy Dunbar. According to plaintiffs Gangwer and Dunbar, any company that sells and publishes Lavigne's song is infringing on their original work.

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Did Avril even write the song?
By SirLucius on 7/6/2007 1:54:12 AM , Rating: 2
Does Avril Lavigne even write her own music? Half of the pop artists today just sing lyrics written by somebody else for music written by somebody else.

It's funny that these guys are suing over a chorus copied from a 30+ year old song. I can list several bands that have blatantly ripped off entire songs from their contemporaries, and they aren't being sued. That's not to say that these guys don't have a right to be upset, I just find it amusing.

RE: Did Avril even write the song?
By omnicronx on 7/6/2007 10:18:05 AM , Rating: 2
Ya i doubt she does write her music, funny thing is this song has been out for how long before anyone noticed? no offense but if it takes 6 months before you realize someone blatantly stole your song there is something wrong with you. It just seems like a money grab if you ask me, or a sonic-coincidence.
On another note.. can anyone name a punk song that doesn't involve wanting to be your girlfriend/boyfriend / I LOVE YOU FOREVER... i think not.
I have heard much worse song plagiarisms in my lifetimes.. I still cant listen to any Oasis song without thinking.. "i wonder who they stole that one from" and dont get me started on bands like JET haha.

RE: Did Avril even write the song?
By bohhad on 7/9/2007 10:33:26 PM , Rating: 2
bands like the dead kennedys have written tons of punk songs, none of the about loving their girlfriends forever. i think you may be confusing todays 'pop' with yesterdays 'punk'

there's nothing remotely 'punk' about avril lavigne... or any other major label band today, for that matter. punk is dead :)

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