Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

Wixen Music Publishing filed court documents late a year ago suing Spotify, one of the leaders in music streaming, for a whopping $1.6 billion Dollars.

This all might seem like it's very heavy-handed or coming out of the blue, but this is not the first time that Spotify has run afoul of publishing services and artists.

Wixen argued in that case that "The Settlement Agreement is procedurally and substantively unfair to Settlement Class Members because it prevents meaningful participation by rights holders and offers them an unfair dollar amount in light of Spotify's ongoing, willful copyright infringement of their works".

In that settlement, Spotify admitted to failing to obtain necessary statutory licenses to reproduce and/or distribute musical compositions on its platform, the lawsuit says.

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While Spotify has worked to track down the rights to the sound recordings of the songs it streams, it has never adequately secured the equivalent rights for the songs themselves as published works, according to the suit.

"Spotify pushed back, questioning whether Wixen Music Publishing was entitled to pursue litigation on behalf of the artists whom they are employed to negotiate licensing deals for". 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.

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.

Read Wixen's lawsuit above.

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