Spotify Sued for $1.6 Billion Over Alleged Copyright Infringement

Spotify is being sued for copyright infringement. California-based Wixen Music Publishing has filed a $1.6 billion lawsuit claiming that the music streaming company is featuring thousands of the music publisher’s songs without a licese or paying compensation to them.

Wixen itself is an independent publisher that holds licenses of songs by “some of the most popular and acclaimed music artists of the last 100 years.” It’s an exclusive licesee of songs like Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’ “, The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and Weezer’s “(Girl We Got a) Good Thing”.

In their docs filed last week in a California federal court, the company alleges that upon its launch stateside, Spotify “faced a choice to either obtain all the required rights to the songs and significantly delay its US launch, or move forward without proper licenses and face the legal ramifications later.”

Spotify, according to Wixen, clearly chose the latter option so they could win the “race to be the first to market.” The decision resulted in Spotify becoming a billion dollar business “on the backs of songwriters and publishers whose music Spotidy is using, in many cases without obtaining and paying for the necessary licenses.”

Spotify has declined to comment on the lawsuit. The music platform, which is planning a stock market listing this year, is no stranger to facing lawsuits and criticism over allegations they’re not paying artists whose works are streamed on the service.

Back in May, the Stockholm, Sweden-based company had to shell out more than $43 million after they were said to have failed to pay royalties to some of the songs they made available for their users. Previously in late 2014, they were famously engaged in a feud with Taylor Swift who pulled all of her music from the streaming service as she claimed that artists weren’t fairly compensated.

11 thoughts on “Spotify Sued for $1.6 Billion Over Alleged Copyright Infringement

  • January 3, 2018 at 8:08 pm
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    they are getting paid in royalties, I have spotify premium. If they want me to purchase a full album, make good music.

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  • January 4, 2018 at 8:24 pm
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    If you payin for any form of entertainment, then you goofy video games get a pass though, that shit pretty hard to get free and you have to jtag/jailbreak your console

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  • January 7, 2018 at 7:11 pm
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    You don’t download the song you only buffer them for a month. Spotify will win this lawsuit as well.

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  • January 8, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    Spotify streams music, they’re not owning it ,they’re not selling copies of it . I don’t see what the problem is. If streaming or playing music is a copyright infringement then we’re all guilty of it because we have music on our iPods and on our phones, and I’ve been copying music off the radio since I was a kid in the 70s. So am I guilty of copyright infringement?

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    • January 12, 2018 at 9:36 am
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      i do think the same as you, so what should we do? we have to stop hearing music?

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  • January 18, 2018 at 9:13 am
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    This is a moneygrab by the representatives of the singers, WITHOUT the singers even knowing about the lawsuit. “Songwriters have administrative agreements with Wixen allowing the publisher to negotiate licensing deals, but Spotify has pointed out these agreements are silent about litigation.” .. the lawsuit also claims this, and it all sounds fishy. If you do not want your stuff on spotify, you request it taken down.. spotify just doesn’t play stuff for free, it’s a legit business. Get real F.aux News

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  • January 19, 2018 at 9:02 am
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    This is exactly why the entrepreneurship around music remains relatively stagnant versus other industries – does the Napster era sound familiar? If people have to rely upon iTunes, AMZ Music or YouTube, Torrents and soundcard ripping will flourish! Good going Wixen!

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  • January 22, 2018 at 6:47 pm
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    The cool thing about Spotify’s business model? They have no money! $1.6B?! You’re joking right?

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  • January 24, 2018 at 7:27 pm
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    greedy musicians…… guess they just want people to illegally download their crap music instead . like in old days

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    • February 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm
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      Surprisingly me to, because actually you can find a song who google don’t know. Yes like i did, i was totally confused for not found it on google and youtube but Spotify have it..

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