Eminem publisher sues Spotify for copyright violations

CNET | 8/21/2019 | Steven Musil
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Eminem's music publisher is seeking billions of dollars in a lawsuit against Spotify.

Eminem's music publisher is suing Spotify, claiming the streaming service infringed on the copyrights of hundreds of songs. The lawsuit also challenges the constitutionality of a landmark music licensing law.

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Music publisher Eight Mile Style, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Tennessee federal court, alleges that Spotify willfully committed an infringement by reproducing Eminem hits like Lose Yourself and "pretending" to have licenses. The complaint also claims Spotify violated the Music Modernization Act, a federal law passed in October that is designed to streamline the process for artists and songwriters compensated for streaming music.

Despite not having proper licensing agreements, Spotify has streamed the music publisher's compositions "billions of times" but "has not accounted to Eight Mile or paid Eight Mile for these streams but instead remitted random payments of some sort, which only purport to account for a fraction of those streams," the lawsuit says.

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Central to the lawsuit is how Spotify allegedly categorized the music. The streaming service labeled Lose Yourself as "copyright control," a designation for songs whose copyright owner is unknown. Eight Mile Style...
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