Spotify has been hit with a $1.6 billion lawsuit

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Wixen Music Publishing filed the suit last Friday in a California federal court, alleging that the music streaming service is illegally using thousands of songs. Wixen Music Publishing filed court documents late previous year suing Spotify, one of the leaders in music streaming, for a whopping $1.6 billion Dollars. Overall, Wixen alleges, more than 6 million of Spotify's songs are improperly licensed, representing about a fifth of its catalog. Wixen is seeking at least $1.6 Billion as well as injunctive relief from Spotify in the lawsuit.

Additionally, Spotify is now engaged in another lawsuit with Bob Gaudio from Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, who alleges that Spotify has failed to comply with a section of the U.S. Copyright Act by failing to send "notice of intention" to reproduce their music online. "But Spotify failed to properly obtain the equivalent rights for the compositions".

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Their actual copyright lawsuit states under the segment "Nature of the Lawsuit, ' that "Wixen brings this action against Spotify for willfully infringing the copyrights in the musical compositions listed in Exhibit A (each a "Work" and collectively the 'Works")". Wixen is far from the first publisher or artist to sue them over improper compensation. Wixen claims that Spotify has used their copyrighted material without a license.

The streaming company has faced a string of lawsuits in recent months, and in May agreed to a $43 million settlement with songwriters and publishers in response to a proposed class-action suit that accused the company of failing to pay royalties.

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