Spotify Sued For $1.6 Billion For Using Thousands Of Songs Without License

Spotify Kicks Off Their New Year With A Massive Lawsuit And More Of The Same Problems

The suit includes a 265-page list of thousands of its songs that Wixen says Spotify is streaming without proper licensing and compensation, including some of the biggest hits of acts like the Beach Boys, Rage Against the Machine, Tom Petty, Journey, Missy Elliott, Santana and the Black Keys.

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.

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. "But Spotify failed to properly obtain the equivalent rights for the compositions".

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Spotify had no comment on the lawsuit for TheWrap.

Wixen also alleges Spotify has "knowingly, intentionally, and repeatedly" reproduced those songs over the Internet to California residents. "Wixen notified Spotify that it had neither obtained a direct or compulsory mechanical license for the use of the Works".

A recent proposed settlement involving rights holders and Spotify in the class action lawsuit Ferrick et al. v. Spotify USA Inc.et al does not adequately compensate Wixen or the songwriters it represents. In 2017, an investigation found that Spotify and some of its users were using fake artist profiles to generate streams based on popular content, generating revenue for the service and fake profiles that wouldn't have to be paid in royalties to the actual artists.

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