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11-28-2009, 11:57 AM #1
Will The "Copyright Police" Finally Come for Apple?
Among the new iPhone music apps that has people talking is the "Sing Along With…" application from a company called Apptism. Minus the real artist names in the app title, each variation offers the full collection of lyrics from the stars’ back catalogs, according to an article on MusicAlly. One example given is that of "Sing Along With the Canadian Country Star," which includes a plethora of Shania Twain lyrics (see above image).
‘Sing along with the Caribbean Queen’ (Rihanna)
‘Sing along with the Genesis star’ (Phil Collins)
‘Sing along with Curly and the boys’ (N-Sync – we like this title especially)
‘Sing along with the Poker Face singer’ (Lady Gaga)
‘Sing along with the ‘Rockstar’ band’ (Nickelback)
The correct band/singer names are all in the App Store blurbs for these apps, it’s just the titles they’ve been not-so hidden in. Whether this is a cunning plan to avoid the copyright police is unclear – the app blurbs make it clear that they’re not officially connected (and thus presumably not officially licensed) with the artists.
Kind of makes you wonder if there's a gigantic loophole in Apple's approval process that should be patched up quickly before a multi-gazillion dollar legal battle erupts. For now, it appears that Apple will only act if and when the holder of any such copyright becomes personally aware of and outraged by the use of their material. Hardly seems like a smart policy for Apple to maintain.
It seems like a recipe for discord with Apple’s music industry partners to us. It’s possible that the apps above are fully licensed, of course, but we wonder if rightsowners need to start scanning the App Store’s virtual shelves more carefully, in the same way that they’ve monitored unlicensed lyrics websites in the past.
11-28-2009, 12:11 PM #2
this might be good as ive allways wondered what the lyrics to some songs arekillall Terminal
11-28-2009, 06:14 PM #3
i thought shazam had lyrics? or am i wrong..?
11-28-2009, 09:58 PM #4
11-29-2009, 07:37 PM #5
shazaam only has lyrics for select tracks, not all... interested to see if anyone hits apple for this...This is getting a lil' ridiculous...