Apple Faces Copyright Suit Over IBird App

Law360, New York (June 21, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT) -- Naturesound.org — whose sound recordings have been used in numerous feature films, television programs and radio broadcasts — is suing technology giant Apple Inc. for using its copyrighted bird recordings in an iPhone application known as iBird that appeared in a national commercial.

Naturalist Martyn Stewart, who owns Naturesound.org, filed a complaint for copyright infringement on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Apple and Mitch Waite Group LLC, which created iBird.

Stewart, who claims to have recorded more than...
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