Wixen Music Publishing Inc sues Sweden’s Spotify over copyright infringement for $1.6 billion

In its lawsuit Wixen Music Publishing has alleged that Spotify has made available thousands of songs to its users without getting a direct or a compulsory license from it which allows it to either distribute or reproduce the songs.

Wixen Music Publishing Inc has sued Spotify, a music streaming company for allegedly using thousands of songs without having a license and for not compensating the music publisher for them.

Wixen, which has an exclusive license for songs including “Light My Fire” by the Doors, “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty, (Girl We Got a) Good Thing by Weezer as well as other works of singers such as Stevie Nicks, is seeking damages worth at least $1.6 billion along with injunctive relief.

In the complaint filed by Wixen in a California federal court, Wixen stated Spotify failed to get a direct or a compulsory license from it allowing it to reproduce and distribute the songs.

Further, Wixen alleged that Spotify outsourced its work to Harry Fox Agency, which was “ill-equipped to obtain all the necessary mechanical licenses”.

Spotify declined to comment.

Earlier in May 2017, Sweden-based Spotify had agreed to pay more than $43 million to settle a proposed class action suit which alleged that it had failed to pay royalties for some of the songs it makes available to its users.

The development comes at a time when Spotify is planning to come out with an IPO. In the past few months, the firm has grown 20% in value and is valued at least $19 billion.

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