Spotify sued for $1.6 billion United States dollars by Wixen Music Publishing

Tom Petty

Spotify is facing a $1.6 billion lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, the publisher that represents artists like Tom Petty, Missy Elliot, Stevie Nicks and Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter first reported.

Of course, Spotify may just be trying to find a loophole in their mounting legal problems.

"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."
According to the publisher that holds the rights to his music, Spotify didn't have the right to stream any of that music and now it's time to pay up for that and much more.

The lawsuit claims Spotify did not get the necessary mechanical licenses "to reproduce and/or distribute musical compositions on its service".

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In the complaint, Wixen alleges that Spotify is guilty of streaming 10,874 songs they administer without proper licensing or compensation and is seeking $150,000 per song to bring the total award up to $1.6 billion. In recent months, their fight has been centered around a proposed $43 million settlement to resolve a similar class action lawsuit by songwriters led by Melissa Ferrick and David Lowery.

Another lawsuit was brought against Spotify past year, spearheaded by Bob Gaudio - a founding member of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

A spokesman for Spotify USA, the US subsidiary of Spotify AB of Sweden, told NBC News the company had no comment.

Read Wixen's lawsuit above.

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