Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

Neil Young performs during the 30th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit Concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Oct. 23 2016 in Mountain View Calif Spotify Hit With Massive $1.6 Billion Lawsuit from Music Publisher
Ginger Lopez | 03 January, 2018, 02:10

As The Hollywood Reporter revealed, Wixen claims that songs like Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" and the Doors' "Light My Fire" are amongst tens of thousands of songs that are streaming without a license and compensation. It's not the first legal hurdle Spotify has faced.

This suit comes following a proposed $43 million settlement involving music rights holders and Spotify in a class-action lawsuit, Ferrick v. Spotify. De la Rocha, Morello, Auerbach, Cuomo and Gordon were amongst those who objected to that ruling. "As a result, Spotify has built a billion dollar business on the backs of songwriters and publishers whose music Spotify is using, in many cases without obtaining and paying for the necessary licenses". Wixen Music Publishing filed the $1.6 billion lawsuit against Spotify on December 29th.

Another lawsuit was brought against Spotify a year ago, spearheaded by Bob Gaudio - a founding member of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.




Their actual copyright lawsuit states under the segment "Nature of the Lawsuit, ' that "Wixen brings this action against Spotify for willfully infringing the copyrights in the musical compositions listed in Exhibit A (each a "Work" and collectively the 'Works")".

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. 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.

Read Wixen's lawsuit above.

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