Eminem Takes On iTunes
The problem isn't actually between Eminem and Apple, but rather Eminem and his label. Stopping music sales on iTunes is the first step in changing the way record labels award royalties for songs sold on iTunes.
The issue at hand is whether or not contracts between artists and labels allow the labels to authorize online sales of songs.
A top California entertainment lawyer, Owen Sloane of Berger Kahn, said the Eminem lawsuit is likely a sign of more to come in the music industry as artists and those with the rights to their compositions fight for a bigger share of revenues from the burgeoning music download industry.”
Of course some of it is passed on as savings to the consumers, but not all of it. Should the labels get the remaining difference because they made a wise business decision, or should they find some way to split it with the artist(s)? It’s a tough decision, and it seems to be the true heart of this new case.