Musicians and those who work to ensure that songs are heard by millions want to ensure that they are properly compensated for their efforts. While there are copyright laws to protect them, some people in California find that they have been the victim of a violation, potentially prompting litigation. In fact, streaming service Spotify now faces a pending lawsuit.
The lawsuit was recently filed by Wixen Music Publishing Inc in late December. Wixen holds an exclusive license to a variety of songs, including "(Girl We Got a) Good Thing" by Weezer, "Free Fallen" by Tom Petty and "Light My Fire" by the Doors as well as songs by Neil Young and Stevie Nicks, among others. The lawsuit makes several accusations against Spotify.
Wixen accuses Spotify of failing to obtain the appropriate licenses that would allow the latter to distribute the songs. Additionally, Wixen claims that the third party that Spotify used to outsource it licensing and royalty concerns was not prepared to obtain appropriate licenses. In addition to injunctive relief, Wixen is asking for $1.6 billion in damages.
The accusations made in the pending lawsuit follow Spotify's settlement earlier in the year, agreeing to pay $43 million in a suggested suit that alleged the company did not pay royalties. Unfortunately, many individuals and companies in California have also found themselves either the victim of copyright infringement or facing accusations of such. Having an attorney with experience with business law on their side can help those involved in such situations fully understand their rights and the protections provided by the law.
Source: Reuters, "Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit," Jan. 2, 2018