Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Tom Petty's Publisher Sues Spotify for a Measly $1.6 Billion

Tom Petty's Publisher Sues Spotify for a Measly $1.6 Billion

The music licensing company says it represents Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, Missy Elliott, Neil Young, Weezer, and the Beach Boys, among other artists. Last year, the Swedish streaming giant came to a $43 million Dollars settlement with David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick over a class action copyright lawsuit.

The lawsuit "alleges that Spotify is using Petty's "Free Fallin", the Doors' "Light My Fire", and tens of thousands of other songs without a license and compensation". De la Rocha, Morello, Auerbach, Cuomo and Gordon were amongst those who objected to that ruling.

"Prior to launch, Spotify struck deals with major record labels to obtain the necessary rights to the sound recording copyrights in the songs by offering the major labels, in many cases, equity stake in Spotify", Wixen said in its lawsuit. In May, Spotify settled a class action lawsuit with various songwriters for $43 million over claims that they hadn't adequately paid licenses.

The battle between songwriters, music publishers and Spotify intensified with the December 29th filing of the most serious lawsuit yet against the music streamer.

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

Before Spotify launched in the USA, the company made deals with major record labels to obtain the appropriate rights to the sound recording copyrights in the songs, the lawsuit states.

Read Wixen's lawsuit above.

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