A lawsuit has been filed before United States District Court Central District of California, Western Division against Spotify by Wixen Music Publishing. Wixen Music Publishing represents artists like Tom Petty, Missy Elliot, Stevie Nicks and Neil Young. In the lawsuit the company claims that Spotify is using thousands of its songs without proper license. Lawsuit has been filed for $1.6 million damages and permanent injunction.
The suit filed by Wixen Music Publishing state “Spotify has built a billion dollar business on the backs of songwriters and publishers whose music Spotify is using, in many cases without obtaining and paying for the necessary licenses”.
It seems that the lawsuit has been filed followed by a failed settlement between the two. Wixen has claimed that the offer made by Spotify is not adequate enough to compensate the agency or the songwriter it represents.
In the settlement agreement, Spotify admitted that it failed to obtain necessary licenses to reproduce or distribute musical compositions.
Representatives of Spotify are not releasing any official statements at the moment. The court has issued summons in the matter.
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