Spotify hit with $1.6 billion lawsuit

03 January, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • Wixen Music Publishing files a new lawsuit that also covers music from Rage Against the Machine The Doors Steely Dan and many others

In its lawsuit, filed in federal court in California on December 29, Wixen Music Publishing is seeking a whopping $1.6 billion-plus dollars from Spotify. 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 lawsuit "alleges that Spotify is using Petty's "Free Fallin", the Doors' "Light My Fire", and tens of thousands of other songs without a license and compensation". They accuse Spotify of providing music from these artists and more without a proper license, therefore not properly compensating the artists.

Spotify had no comment on the lawsuit for TheWrap. While the songwriters have administrative agreements that allow Wixen to negotiate licensing deals, Spotify notes that those agreements say nothing about litigation. The complaint also claim that 21 percent of the 30 million songs on the streaming service aren't licensed either.

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Wixen's lawsuit is the result of performers' and publishers' unhappiness with a separate action Spotify took in May, when it offered to pay $43 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a group of songwriters.

"As Spotify has publicly admitted, and its recent lawsuits and settlements confirm, Spotify has repeatedly failed to obtain necessary statutory, or 'mechanical, ' licenses to reproduce and/or distribute musical compositions on its service", the suit reads.

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