Spotify, one of the world’s largest online music streaming services, has been sued by Wixen Music Publishing for 1.6 billion US dollars.
Known for being the licensee of 200 artists such as Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Beach Boys,and Missy Elliot; the music company. A formal complaint has been filed five days ago in California federal court where Wixen’s headquarters is located.
According to the company’s formal complaint, Spotify has been using their musician’s songs without a proper license.
“Prior to launching in the United States, Spotify attempted to license sound recordings by working with record labels but, in a race to be first to market, made insufficient efforts to collect the required musical composition information and, in turn, failed in many cases to license the compositions embodied within each recording or comply with the requirements of Section 115 of the Copyright Act.”
The digital music service provider for various mobile devices has appealed to the court that their complainant should give their clients sufficient time to choose in the organization’s legal action.
Previously, the same organization proposed a settlement worth 43 million US dollars for Spotify against a class-action suit filed by songwriters and publishers. The action is said to be the latest development among the long-standing dispute with the issue of splitting music streaming rights.
Source: The Verge