Tom Petty's Publisher Sues Spotify for a Measly $1.6 Billion

03 January, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • Spotify Hit With Massive $1.6 Billion Lawsuit from Music Publisher

Music-streaming service Spotify has allegedly been using thousands of songs without the proper licenses. Wixen Music Publishing filed court documents late previous year suing Spotify, one of the leaders in music streaming, for a whopping $1.6 billion Dollars. In addition to the massive sum of money listed in the suit, Wixen also is also seeking an injunctive relief that would legally require Spotify to "develop and implement procedures for identifying and properly licensing songs".

The company administers the song compositions by Tom Petty, Zach De La Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, David Cassidy, Neil Young, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Stevie Nicks, and many others.

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What do you think about this latest lawsuit against Spotify? Spotify is the world's most dominant music streaming and limited downloading service.

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.

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Spotify, in response, questioned whether Wixen had gained its songwriters' authorization to take legal action on their behalf. "Wixen notified Spotify that it had neither obtained a direct or compulsory mechanical license for the use of the Works".

Much of the trouble for Spotify stems back to May of 2017 when it offered a $43 million settlement for a class-action suit that many of Wixen's artists were a part of.

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