-Wixen Music Publishing (which represents musicians like Neil Young, Tom Petty, Rivers Cuomo, Stevie Nicks, and Kim Gordon among many others) has hit Spotify with a massive copyright lawsuit.
-They are alleging that Spotify is using thousands of songs without a license and without paying out proper royalites.
-They are seeking $1.6 billion in damages.
-Spotify is currently caught up in multiple other lawsuits.
-The complaint suggests that roughly 21% of the songs on Spotify are unlicensed.
Many artists have long been publicly complaining that they make no money from streaming services like Spotify:
Geoff Barrow of Portishead started a conversation on twitter on December 27,2017 that gained some traction among other musicians:
Ok quick question for musicians— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) December 27, 2017
How many of you have personally made more than £500 from @Spotify
Is it too much to ask for 1p a stream? @Spotify— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) December 28, 2017
Thom Yorke responded:
i refer you, ladies and gentlemen, to the comments below .... without further comment 🙏😔 https://t.co/rw3mNt9epG— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) December 28, 2017
Back in 2015, James Blunt mocked the paltry compensation he receives from Spotify on twitter:
I get paid £00.0004499368 per stream. Beers are on me! Cheers @Spotify.— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) October 17, 2015
Joanna Newsom told Larry King that she doesn't think Spotify's business model is good back in 2015, saying she's not opposed to streaming but wishes there's a better way to pay musicians. Her music is still not on Spotify and she called them a "villainous cabal":
Noel Gallagher plainly states he doesn't get paid for streaming, "I don't stream anything, I don't believe in it" and, "If I got paid for it, I'd be biggin' it up right now":
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