Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

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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 United States dollars.

The company claims that Spotify is streaming "tens of thousands" of Wixen songs ("Free Fallin'" included), without proper compensation or licensing, and not-so-kindly asks that Spotify now pay its tab. The lawsuit seeks at least $1.6 billion in damages and injunctive relief.

Spotify has been hit with a $1.6 billion lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing. Wixen represents a catalogue of over 50,000 songs by artists such as The Doors, Rage Against the Machine, Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young, and more.

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After Tom Petty passed away in October, music fans headed to Spotify in droves to listen to his music and sample the featured playlists that the streaming service created in his honor. In addition, Spotify will also have to create some sort of method to identify and license songs properly.

"Prior to launch, Spotify struck deals with major record labels to obtain the necessary rights to the sound recording copyrights in the songs by offering the major labels, in many cases, equity stake in Spotify", Wixen said in its lawsuit. That suit, Wixen alleges, "does not adequately compensate Wixen or the songwriters it represents".

"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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