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.
Spotify is facing a $1.6 billion lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, the publisher that represents artists like Tom Petty, Missy Elliot, Stevie Nicks and Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter first reported.More news: Texans GM Rick Smith takes leave of absence
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.
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.More news: School Delays Due to Cold Weather
Spotify is hitting back by questioning whether or not Wixen is actually authorized by those artists to take these aggressive actions.
"Spotify brazenly disregards United States Copyright law and has committed willful, ongoing copyright infringement", the complaint stated in court documents, "Wixen notified Spotify that it had neither obtained a direct or compulsory mechanical license for the use of the Works". While the songwriters have administrative agreements that allow Wixen to negotiate licensing deals, Spotify notes that those agreements say nothing about litigation. All of this comes after a recent suit to the tune of $43 million filed by songwriters David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick, who allege that the company has not paid them royalties due.More news: New Orleans Saints 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13
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