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Friday, 5 January 2018

Spotify Facing A $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit


Spotify, the music streaming company has sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, and without a license compensation to the music publisher.

Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. v. Spotify USA Inc.
Case #:
Nature of Suit
820 Property Rights - Copyrights
17:501 Copyright Infringement
Case Filed:
Dec 29, 2017

Spotify USA Inc.

Wixen Music Publishing, Inc.
Represented By
Daniel Hurst Senter
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
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Jonathan McNeil Wong
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
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Daniel J Schacht
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
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Andrew Scott MacKay
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
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Wixen Music Publishing company exclusive license to songs by Tom Petty,the Doors, Weezer and works of singers such as Stevie Nicks.


Wixen is seeking damages worth at least $1.6 billion from Spotify for allegedly using thousands of song without a license, the music company is also demanding for injunctive relief.
“Spotify failed to get a direct or a compulsory license from Wixen that would allow it to reproduce and distribute the songs,” Wixen said in the lawsuit, filed in a California federal court.
All efforts on reach out to spotify to comment on the issue has proof abortive as messages were not replied.

Spotify is a Sweden based music, podcast and video streaming startup with Headquarter in Stockholm that was officially launched on 7 October 2008.
The startup provides digital rights management- protected content from record labels and media companies. Spotify is a freemium service; basic features are free with advertisements or limitations, while additional features, such as improved streaming quality and music download, are offered via paid subscriptions.

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