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Spotify Wants Appeals Court to Decide Who in Music Can Sue for Copyright Infringement

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:10 pm

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Before Congress passed the Music Modernization Act two months ago, Spotify was hit with several lawsuits that alleged the streamer hadn't adequately obtained mechanical licenses for song compositions. The litigation that potentially put Spotify on the hook for billions of dollars in damages may have helped bring about critical support from the tech industry for the new law because while the U.S. Copyright Act provides a compulsory license to allow anyone to make a mechanical reproduction of a song, those who wish to do so must follow certain protocol such as sending out notices and making payments. Identifying and locating co-authors of tens of millions of copyrighted musical works proved daunting.

The Music Modernization Act alleviated the situation for users of music by establishing a new mechanical licensing collective charged with maintaining a database of musical works and sound recordings, but Spotify and music publishers won't be singing "kumbaya" together anytime soon.

Many of those lawsuits that pre-dated the new legislation are still being fought, and in one case, Spotify has just made a move that challenges who exactly can sue for copyright infringement.

The lawsuit comes from Bluewater Music Services, which is in court alleging willful infringement of more than 1,300 compositions including Player's "Baby Come Back," Miranda Lambert's "White Liar" and Guns 'N Roses' "Yesterdays." Each carries statutory damages up to $150,000.

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