Thursday, December 31, 2015

Artist files class action copyright lawsuit against Spotify, saying its reserve system for unidentified artists doesn't try hard enough

David Lowery, who plays in the bands Cracker and Camper van Beethoven, has launched a class-action copyright lawsuit against Spotify, still claiming that the service cheats musicians, in the Central District of California.

Ed Christman has a story on Billboard.

The basic contention is that Spotify fails to locate owners for payment before “publishing” music for “free” consumption.  Spotify claims it keeps reserves to pay musicians when it can locate them and discusses the issue on its blog.

I actually could have a situation like that. I remember a classical music composition by a friend from 1961 and can play it by ear into Sibelius but would have to locate him to “publish” it.
The Washington Post has a similar story by Justin Moyer.

Lizzie Plaugic has a detailed story on The Verge (Vox).

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