Music Streaming Firm Spotify Faces $1.6 Billion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Music streaming firm Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc final week for allegedly utilizing 1000’s of songs, together with these of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, and not using a license and compensation to the music writer.
Wixen, an unique licensee of songs akin to “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty, “Light My Fire” by the Doors, (Girl We Got a) Good Thing by Weezer and works of singers akin to Stevie Nicks, is looking for damages value not less than $1.6 billion together with injunctive reduction.
Spotify didn’t get a direct or a obligatory license from Wixen that might permit it to breed and distribute the songs, Wixen stated within the lawsuit, filed in a California federal court docket.
Wixen additionally alleged that Spotify outsourced its work to a 3rd get together, licensing and royalty providers supplier the Harry Fox Agency, which was “ill-equipped to obtain all the necessary mechanical licenses.”
Spotify declined to remark.
In May, the Stockholm, Sweden-based firm agreed to pay greater than $43 million to settle a proposed class motion alleging it didn’t pay royalties for a few of the songs it makes obtainable to customers.
Spotify, which is planning a inventory market itemizing this 12 months, has grown round 20 % in worth to not less than $19 billion prior to now few months.
(Reporting by Sonam Rai and Eric Auchard in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)
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