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Spotify Settles Copyright Lawsuits Brought by Songwriters

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:42 pm

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Spotify has taken care of two big copyright lawsuits that alleged "staggering" infringement of thousands of song compositions.

The complaints came from Bob Gaudio, a songwriter and founding member of the group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as Bluewater Music Services Corporation, an entity that administers the publishing rights of dozens of prominent country songwriters whose works include Player's "Baby Come Back," Miranda Lambert's "White Liar" and Guns N' Roses' "Yesterdays."

The plaintiffs alleged that the Stockholm, Sweden-based streaming giant hadn't fully complied with obligations under Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act, which provided a compulsory license to make a mechanical reproduction of a musical composition, but only if a "notice of intention" is sent out and payments are made.

At the time of the July 2017 filing, Spotify had told the U.S. Copyright Office of the difficulty in identifying and locating the co-authors of each of the tens of millions of copyrighted musical works throughout its streaming platform. Spotify had also settled a class action on the issue for $43.45 million.

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