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

03 January 2018

In a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Wixen Music Publishing Inc., which represents the rights of songwriters and publishers, accuses Spotify USA Inc. of prioritizing record labels at the expense of songwriters and publishers.

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.

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The company administers the song compositions by Tom Petty, Zach De La Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, David Cassidy, Neil Young, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Stevie Nicks, and many others.

Music streaming giant Spotify has reportedly been slapped with a $1.6 billion lawsuit.

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A Spotify spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit. Overall, Wixen alleges, more than 6 million of Spotify's songs are improperly licensed, representing about a fifth of its catalog.

Spotify is hitting back by questioning whether or not Wixen is actually authorized by those artists to take these aggressive actions.

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This suit comes following a proposed $43 million settlement involving music rights holders and Spotify in a class-action lawsuit, Ferrick v. Spotify. As Spotify has publicly admitted, and as 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.

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