Spotify made a terrible start in 2018 just after famous music publisher Wixen filed a huge $ 1.6 billion copyright infringement lawsuit.
The infringement lawsuit filed in the California federal courts claims that Spotify hosted works by thousands of Wixen authors without an appropriate license. Wixen claimed that when the platform started, the company brought several key record publishers on board to license songs from Spotify. However, Spotify claims to have failed to acquire all the rights necessary for the musical work and states the lawsuit. Therefore, plaintiffs are seeking at least $ 1.6 billion in claims and remedies.
Although not as widely known as Spotify, Wixen Music Publishing is a major player in the music industry and is known to hold copyrighted song compositions such as Tom Petty, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, David Cassidy, and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. The black key ‘Dan Auerbach.
In the lawsuit, Wixen’s lawyer allege that
Spotify blindly violated US copyright laws and committed deliberate and ongoing copyright infringement. Wixen has notified Spotify (Wixen ‘s) that it has not obtained a direct or mandatory machine license for the use of the work. For these reasons, Wixen is entitled to maximum statutory relief.
Wixen details Spotify’s misleading account of unlicensed song hosting, estimated at 21% of the total 30 million tracks streamed on the platform, detailing the content of the lawsuit. The company adds that it has built strong platforms and assets using this unlicensed track.
Spotify was struggling with copyright issues on the platform. This is not the first lawsuit against the company. Recently solved millions of lawsuits with a total of $ 43 million agreement with a group of composers led by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The Wixen lawsuit could be a bigger legal settlement for the company.