According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spotify will start off 2018 contending with a massive new copyright lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing. The Stockholm, Sweden-based streaming giant was hit with a $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit for using music without obtaining the correct license.
On Friday, Wixen Music Publishing filed a lawsuit in California federal court that 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. Wixen administers song compositions by Tom Petty,, David Cassidy, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks and many others.
The complaint states, “Spotify brazenly disregards United States Copyright law and has committed willful, ongoing copyright infringement. Wixen notified Spotify that it had neither obtained a direct or compulsory mechanical license for the use of the Works. For these reasons and the foregoing, Wixen is entitled to the maximum statutory relief.”
The complaint (read here) suggests that as much as 21 percent of the 30 million songs on Spotify are unlicensed.