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Entertainment Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Over Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young Songs

00:50  03 january  2018
00:50  03 january  2018 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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songs , including those of Tom Petty , Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the Wixen, an exclusive licensee of songs such as “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty , “Light My Fire” by the by Weezer and works of singers such as Stevie Nicks, is seeking damages worth at least $ 1 . 6

songs , including those of Tom Petty , Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher. Wixen, an exclusive licensee of songs such as "Free Fallin" by Tom Petty , "Light My Fire" by the Doors, (Girl We Got a) Good Thing by Weezer and works of singers such as

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As the new year begins, the music industry could be set for an epochal moment. Hopes are running high for the first significant reform of music licensing rules in decades. The coming year may also see Spotify go public. But before any of this happens, the Stockholm, Sweden-based streaming giant must now contend with a massive new copyright lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, which administers the song compositions by Tom Petty, Zach De La Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, David Cassidy, Neil Young, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Stevie Nicks, and many others.

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Wixen handles copyright management and royalty compliance for artists including Tom Petty , The Doors, Neil Young and Missy Elliot. Wixen says Spotify "took a shortcut" when it struck deals with major labels to get the necessary rights to the songs ' sound recordings, but then failed to obtain the

" Spotify brazenly disregards United States Copyright law and has committed willful, ongoing copyright Among song publishers, optimism for passage of the Music Modernization Act is strong not only because it's a Will a $ 1 . 6 billion lawsuit make enough noise to accomplish this? Stay tuned.

On December 29, Wixen Music Publishing filed a lawsuit in California federal court that alleges that Spotify is using Petty's "Free Fallin," the Doors' "Light My Fire," and tens of thousands of other songs without a license and compensation. The plaintiff is seeking a damages award worth at least $1.6 billion plus injunctive relief.

Wixen's lawsuit is being revealed here for the first time, but the move will come as hardly a surprise to those who have been paying attention to Spotify's growing copyright problem.

Last May, Spotify came to a proposed $43 million settlement to resolve a class action from songwriters led by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The plaintiffs in that case had alleged that Spotify hasn't adequately paid mechanical licenses for song compositions.

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songs , including those of Tom Petty , Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to by Weezer and works of singers such as Stevie Nicks, is seeking damages worth at least $ 1 . 6 Spotify failed to get a direct or a compulsory license from Wixen that would allow it to reproduce and

Wixen, an exclusive licensee of songs such as 'Free Fallin' by Tom Petty , 'Light My Fire' by the Doors, (Girl We Got a) Good Thing by Weezer and works of singers such as Stevie Nicks, is seeking damages worth at Share or comment on this article: Spotify hit with $ 1 . 6 billion copyright lawsuit . e-mail.

Not everyone was satisfied by the settlement, which must still be approved by a judge.

In July, Spotify was hit with two more lawsuits, including one from Bob Gaudio, a songwriter and founding member of the group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Like Lowery and Ferrick, the plaintiffs in these new cases asserted that Spotify hadn't fully complied with obligations under Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act, which provides a compulsory license to make a mechanical reproduction of a musical composition, but only if a "notice of intention" is sent out and payments are made.

With news of more litigation against Spotify circulating, Wixen then made a move in the Ferrick class action case to object to the settlement.

"The Settlement Agreement is procedurally and substantively unfair to Settlement Class Members because it prevents meaningful participation by rights holders and offers them an unfair dollar amount in light of Spotify's ongoing, willful copyright infringement of their works," stated the group of Wixen songwriters.

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thousands of songs , including those of Tom Petty , Neil Young and The Doors, without a license and Spotify allegedly using thousands of songs without a licence and compensation to music by Weezer and works of singers such as Stevie Nicks, is seeking damages worth at least $ 1 . 6 bn (£

Spotify is being sued by Wixen Music Publishing for an eye-watering $ 1 . 6 billion over copyright Wixen Music Publishing looks after the rights of countless artists including Tom Petty , Neil Young The lawsuit accuses the Swedish streaming giant of using songs found in Wixen’s extensive catalog

In reaction, Spotify has been questioning whether Wixen has really been authorized by its clients (including Andrew Bird, Kenny Rogers, and Jim Morrison's heirs) to take its aggressive actions. Songwriters have administrative agreements with Wixen allowing the publisher to negotiate licensing deals, but Spotify has pointed out these agreements are silent about litigation.

In court papers filed on Friday, Spotify's lawyers also wrote that Wixen "sent a letter to its clients stating that it would submit Requests for Exclusion in their names unless - within a short time frame - the client affirmatively provided Wixen Music with contrary instructions. But that letter does not confer the requisite authority on Wixen Music. In sending the letters, Wixen Music effectively assumed that the recipients' silence would grant it the power to opt the recipients out of the certified class. But that approach is contrary to law: because the right to opt out of a class action is an individual right, any attempt to exercise that right without express authorization is invalid."

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Spotify has been hit with a $ 1 . 6 billion lawsuit brought by a major music publisher. It accuses Spotify of failing to obtain the proper licenses to allow it to The suit was filed in a California federal court on December 29. It alleges that Spotify is offering thousands of songs on its service without the correct

Spotify hit with $ 1 . 6 billion copyright lawsuit . The licensee of songs by Tom Petty Spotify struck deals with major record labels to obtain the necessary rights to the sound recording copyrights in the songs by offering the major labels, in many cases, equity stake in Spotify ," Wixen said in its lawsuit .

Befor a judge has ruled, Wixen has moved onto taking on Spotify in its own lawsuit.

"Spotify brazenly disregards United States Copyright law and has committed willful, ongoing copyright infringement," states the complaint. "Wixen notified Spotify that it had neither obtained a direct or compulsory mechanical license for the use of the Works. For these reasons and the foregoing, Wixen is entitled to the maximum statutory relief."

The complaint (read here) suggests that as much as 21 percent of the 30 million songs on Spotify are unlicensed.

Spotify hasn't responded to a request for comment. The company may continue to challenge Wixen's authority or it could attempt the provocative argument that it has been putting forward in the Gaudio lawsuit -  that "streaming" implicates neither reproduction nor distribution rights under copyright law.

All this occurs as lawmakers turn their attention to reforming music licensing.

In late December, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced the Music Modernization Act, which among other things, would end the "notice of intent" process that's currently spelled out by Section 115. Instead, a database would publicly identify songs and potentially alleviate the way that digital services struggle to identify and locate co-authors of each of the tens of millions of copyrighted musical works. Under the proposal, digital services would fund a Mechanical Licensing Collective that would be granted blanket mechanical licenses. And rates would more closely hew to market value, with songwriters and publishers being granted audit rights.

Among song publishers, optimism for passage of the Music Modernization Act is strong not only because it's a bipartisan approach, but more importantly, because it's earned buy-in from the Digital Media Association, a trade organization that represents big tech players like Apple, YouTube, Amazon, and yes, Spotify.

Of course, the larger hurdle might be getting Congress to care enough about music licensing amid rancor on the budget, immigration, entitlement reform, and so on.  Will a $1.6 billion lawsuit make enough noise to accomplish this? Stay tuned.

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