The company claims that Spotify is streaming "tens of thousands" of Wixen songs ("Free Fallin'" included), without proper compensation or licensing, and not-so-kindly asks that Spotify now pay its tab.
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In its suit, Wixen says it has opted out of the proposed settlement because it "does not adequately compensate Wixen or the songwriters it represents", who include Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Zach de la Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. Wixen Music Publishing filed court documents late past year suing Spotify, one of the leaders in music streaming, for a whopping $1.6 billion Dollars. The lawsuit seeks at least $1.6 billion in damages and injunctive relief. What Spotify failed to do, according to the lawsuit, was "obtain the equivalent rights for the compositions". "Wixen notified Spotify that it had neither obtained a direct or compulsory mechanical license for the use of the Works". In 2017, an investigation found that Spotify and some of its users were using fake artist profiles to generate streams based on popular content, generating revenue for the service and fake profiles that wouldn't have to be paid in royalties to the actual artists.
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Spotify refused to comment on the lawsuit. They're arguing that Wixen's contract with their songwriters won't let them take legal actions on the songwriters behalf.
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The dispute details how copyrights involve both the sound recording and musical composition, and the plaintiff says Spotify outsourced musical composition licensing aspects to a third party.