Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

07 January, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Simon Thompson
  • Music Publisher Sues Spotify for US$1.6 Billion

His departure comes as Spotify gears up for a public listing, for which it filed paperwork in December.

It was recently learned that Wixen Music Publishing filed a case in California against the Sweden-based music streaming giant. First, it is next to impossible to track and file litigation against all the individuals who are illegally downloading and redistributing music content, but it is definitely possible to identify these major companies that are making it possible.

Unlike Apple Music, Spotify also offers free, ad-monetized music streaming.

Through the years, Spotify faced criticisms from music artists for allowing non-paying users to listen to their full songs anytime.

Under the Copyright Act, there are two separate copyrights to every recorded song: one for the sound recording (this revenue typically goes to the record label) and one for the musical composition (this revenue typically goes to the publisher and songwriter).

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If you are wondering why Spotify would make such an obvious blunder, it seems that they made the mistake of outsourcing the licensing responsibilities to a third-party agency that was ill-equipped to take on the monumental task of getting all of the licenses in place.

Wixen handles titles by Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, Tom Petty, the Doors, and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, among others.

Spotify did not respond to a request for comment.

On-demand streaming services led by Spotify are quickly replacing downloads on platforms such as iTunes, which shook up the music business a generation ago.

Music licensing is notoriously complex, with each song having multiple rights holders who can be hard to identify and locate. They already have a $43 million settlement which was proposed back in May.

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