An excerpt of the complaint published on The Verge reads, “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 collectthe required musical composition information.”
The US$1.6 billion lawsuit is a rebuttal to the US$43 million settlement Spotify offered Wixen earlier in May 2017.
Wixen Music Publishing is a company that focuses on publishing, copyright management, and royalty payment. The company represents over 2,000 musicians including Rage Against the Machine and alt-rock band Weezer. Other musicians signed under Wixen include Missy Elliot, Janis Joplin, and The Beach Boys. For a full list of Wixen clients, click here.
Spotify has yet to comment on the issue.
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Source: Channel News Asia
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