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Spotify has been hit with a $1.6 billion lawsuit

3 January 2018 Music News

Spotify has been hit with a $1.6 billion lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing.

The company administers the song compositions by Tom Petty, Zach De La Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against the MachineThe Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, David Cassidy, Neil YoungSonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Stevie Nicks, and many others.

The suit was filed on December 29, with Wixen Music Publishing claiming that the streaming service used Petty’s “Free Fallin,” the Doors’ “Light My Fire,” and thousands of other songs without a license and compensation.

Last week (December 29), Thom Yorke once again shared his concerns about the way Spotify pays musicians.

 In 2013, Yorke and Nigel Godrich removed Radiohead‘s music from Spotify, with Yorke describing the platform as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”.
Since then, Radiohead’s music has gradually made its way back to the streaming service. Earlier this month, it was finally joined by Yorke’s two solo records (2006’s ‘The Eraser’ and 2014’s ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’), along with Atoms For Peace‘s 2013 album ‘AMOK’.

Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/music/spotify-lawsuit-1-6-billion-2202875#Q5WLQlA7EeVU78lh.99