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  • Spotify fails to properly licence Eminem.


    Spotify sued over 'billions of Eminem streams'


    Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49436077




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    Eminem's publisher, Eight Mile Style, is suing Spotify. 




    It claims the music-streaming service failed to correctly license the rapper's work.




    Eminem has never been properly paid for songs "streamed on Spotify billions of times", court papers say.






    Well I've listened to Eminem pretty much a lot on Spotify (I'm very basic)




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    Eight Mile Style is suing for approximately £30m, the maximum damages for each of what it says are 243 copyright-infringed songs.




    "Spotify acted deceptively by pretending to have compulsory and/or other licences," court papers claim.






    So Spotify does not properly licence Eminem music, leading to no payment being delivered correctly whenever a song is played, or however it goes. 30m Pounds is equivalent to around 62m NZD or around 40m USD. 




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    Under the regulations, the online streaming service must make "reasonable efforts" to identify and locate each copyright owner of work that might be categorised as unknown.






    Laughable. Clearly Eight Mile Style was not contacted. Although I don't know how else they can legally obtain the media. Maybe Spotify bought the songs on iTunes?




     




    However, in my view, 40m USD is nothing for a giant like Spotify, and I suspect Eight Mile will only sue for the money they would have lost, although with the popularity of Eminem, it will probably be more. 




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