Spotify sued in new $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit
Spotify sued AGAIN for allegations of copyright infringement and deceptive trade practices.
In August, we reported that Eminem publisher Eight Mile Style sued Spotify for billions, alleging the company infringed the copyright of 243 of the rapper’s works.
Now, a new lawsuit has landed in the streaming giant’s lap, and it’s of a similar tune.
PRO Music Rights, LLC, and Sosa Entertainment, LLC, filed a lawsuit alleging that Spotify failed to pay on over 550 million musical streams, with a significant part of the non-payment stemming from a contested removal of content that started in May 2017.
“Plaintiffs bring this action to redress substantial injuries Spotify caused by failing to fulfill its duties and obligations as a music streaming service, willfully removing content for anti-competitive reasons, engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices, obliterating Plaintiffs’ third-party contracts and expectations, refusing to pay owed royalties and publicly performing songs without license,” the lawsuit declares.
Regarding the content removal, the complaint reads: “Starting in or about May 2017, Spotify removed all of Plaintiffs’ songs from its digital music streaming platform… without advance notice, without ever telling Plaintiffs why their songs were removed, without ever giving Plaintiffs an opportunity to address the issue, without ever providing Plaintiffs with an opportunity to cure whatever the reason for removal, and without adhering to the rules, procedures, policies and obligations to which Spotify holds itself out to the public.
Come on Spotify, you are the biggest streaming service in the world and revolutionised the music industry. You made $1.85 billion in Q2 this year, growing 31% year-over-year, just pay your dues.
Check out the real value of Spotify streams to artists. Here’s a hint, it’s not very valuable.
Spotify sued for $1 billion dollars in copyright infringement lawsuit- this stream is getting very murky.