The Claims Of The Claims Of Spotify For $1.6 B In Non-Payment Of Royalties
"We are fully prepared to go forward in the courts as necessary to protect the rights of our clients."
While many people were gearing up for an epic New Year's eve party, the attorneys of Wixen Music Publishing— whose clients include Missy Elliott and the late Rick James — they were occupied in the presentation of a whopping $1.6 billion lawsuit against streaming music giant Spotify, claiming copyright infringement.
The legal complaint, which you can read in full here, claims Spotify is the streaming of tens of thousands of songs by artists including Tom Petty and Tom Morello of the Prophets Of Rage, without any kind of license or compensation.
The complaint was filed prior to 1 January ahead of a proposed Law for the Modernization of the Music, which — among many things — eliminate the headache of identifying perpetrators and creating a collective for the award of royalties accordingly. Unfortunately, this would not be retroactive.
The lack of presentation of this demand to the end of the year have made us $1.6 billion in unpaid royalties in the potential of limbo.
"We are very disappointed that these services retroactive to get a free pass for actions that were previously illegal, unless [in reality] to file a lawsuit before January. 1, 2018," Wixen president Randall Wixen said to The Hollywood Reporter. "We are fully prepared to go forward in the courts as necessary to protect the rights of our clients."
Anybody who has been following Spotify's yellow brick road of legal troubles over copyright infringement and unpaid royalties in the past do not find this last movement is amazing. It is the most aggressive move against the company, however.
"Spotify brazenly disregards the united States Copyright act, and has committed intentional of the continued violation of copyright," says the complaint.
Probably the most surprising piece of information to come out of the complaint is the allegation that 21 percent of the 30 million tracks in Spotify without a license.
The basis of the complaint is that Spotify has ex