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ITunes Songs Aren’t Purchased but ‘Licensed,’ Court Rules

In a development that could have fallout in the world of digital music, Eminem stands to gain tens of millions of dollars in a federal court decision.

The decision, which one Eminem lawyer calls an “earthquake” for the music industry, could transform the online song business and boost the fortunes of untold numbers of artists.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed a 2009 federal jury decision in a lawsuit filed by Ferndale’s FBT Productions, Eminem’s former production company, against his label, Aftermath Records. The jury had ruled in favour of Aftermath and its parent company, Universal Music Group.

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