Wixen Music Publishing Sues Spotify for $1.6 Billion Over Alleged Copyright Infringement

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The lawsuit goes on to say, "As a result, Spotify has built a billion dollar business on the backs of songwriters and publishers whose music Spotify is using, in many cases without obtaining and paying for the necessary licenses", the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit, filed on December 29 in California federal court, alleges Spotify is using music by Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, The Doors, Steely Dan and many other artists without license or compensation.

"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".

Music streaming giant Spotify has reportedly been slapped with a $1.6 billion lawsuit. They accuse Spotify of providing music from these artists and more without a proper license, therefore not properly compensating the artists.

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Wixen also alleges Spotify has "knowingly, intentionally, and repeatedly" reproduced those songs over the Internet to California residents.

The dispute details how copyrights involve both the sound recording and musical composition, and the plaintiff says Spotify outsourced musical composition licensing aspects to a third party.

I've reached out to Spotify and Wixen.

Wixen's lawsuit comes six months after Spotify reached a proposed $43.4 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit with songwriters and publishers led by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick.

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