5.200.000.000

itunes_logoA South Carolina musician seeks damages of over 5.2 billion US dollars against Apple, Amazon and CD Baby. Yes, billion!

Musician Roland Chambers has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Apple, Amazon and CD Baby. Around July 2001, Chambers provided CD Baby with five compact discs, including 12 original pieces of copyrighted sound recordings and two pieces of artwork for the album cover. In consideration Chambers executed a consignment only contract, which included distribution of the five disc sent only, no reproduction clause, warehouse storage fees if not sold, and no ownership transfer of copyright.

In March 2014 Chambers discovered the compact discs were still selling, beyond the quantity ever legally produced, and in various formats. He demanded explanation and payment, which he did not receive.

Chambers supposedly gave Apple three songs to stream (“to poll the audience”), but Apple went ahead and made his whole album available digitally. Amazon apparently did likewise despite receiving notice several times to remove the material.

So now, of course Chambers suffered damages. 5.2 billion worth of damages. That’s like “Beyoncé + Michael Jackson + Madonna-proportions”!

To be continued? Probably not.

Erwin Hauër

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