Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod copyright management

December 17, 2014

Apple won a class-action lawsuit that alleged they had used a software update to ensure iPod owners could only play songs sold in the iTunes Store or downloaded from CDs.

The federal court jury took three hours to reject the lawsuit that concerned iPods sold from September 2006 to March 2009, according to The New York Times. The tech company was accused of violating antitrust law by using a copyright management system that could have pushed people into buying iPods.

The lawsuit ran into multiple issues when coming together. After it was determined that two plaintiffs in the suit didn't actually buy iPods during the relevant time period, they were removed from the case, and a new plaintiff was named only hours before the case went to the jury.

The plaintiffs were seeking at least $350 million in damages.

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