Spotify facing $1.6bn copyright lawsuit

03 January, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Constance French
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The lawsuit seeks at least $1.6 billion in damages and injunctive relief. According to the publisher that holds the rights to his music, Spotify didn't have the right to stream any of that music and now it's time to pay up for that and much more. The music licensing company says it represents Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, Missy Elliott, Neil Young, Weezer, and the Beach Boys, among other artists.

Additionally, Spotify was hit with two more lawsuits where the plaintiffs claim that Spotify hadn't fully complied with obligations under Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act. Wixen Music Publishing filed court documents late past year suing Spotify, one of the leaders in music streaming, for a whopping $1.6 billion United States dollars.

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Wixen also alleges Spotify has "knowingly, intentionally, and repeatedly" reproduced those songs over the Internet to California residents.

"Consequently, while Spotify has become a multibillion dollar company, songwriters and their publishers, such as Wixen, have not been able to fairly and rightfully share in Spotify's success, as Spotify has in many cases used their music without a license and without compensation", the lawsuit states. He argued that the class action settlement was an "empty gesture" and claimed that the streaming service had failed to provide "compulsory license to make a mechanical reproduction of a musical composition". In recent months, their fight has been centered around a proposed $43 million settlement to resolve a similar class action lawsuit by songwriters led by Melissa Ferrick and David Lowery. The case is Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. v Spotify USA.

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