12/18/2005

iTunes lyrics fight ends in apology

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:43 pm

That rarest of all things in the acrimonious disputes between copyright holders and technology developers emerged Thursday: an apology.

Last week, music publishers Warner/Chappell Music sent a threatening letter to independent Austrian programmer Walter Ritter, complaining about a free piece of software he’d developed that scoured Web sites for song lyrics and imported them into Apple Computer’s iTunes software.

Ritter immediately pulled his software, called PearLyrics, offline. But after an outcry on the Web, Richard Blackstone, Warner/Chapell’s chief executive officer, called the programmer, apologizing for the letter and offering the chance to work together.

Source: News.com

 

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