The suit seeks damages of $150,000 apiece for more than 10,000 songs represented by Wixen that it says are unlicensed.
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The federal lawsuit says almost 11,000 songs are affected, and each issue involves a penalty of $150,000, putting the total to at least $1.6 billion, according to a December 29 filing. What Spotify failed to do, according to the lawsuit, was "obtain the equivalent rights for the compositions".
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"Prior to launch, Spotify struck deals with major record labels to obtain the necessary rights to the sound recording copyrights in the songs by offering the major labels, in many cases, equity stake in Spotify", Wixen said in its lawsuit.
The complaint alleges that as much as 21 percent of the 30 million songs on Spotify are not licensed for use. In 2017, an investigation found that Spotify and some of its users were using fake artist profiles to generate streams based on popular content, generating revenue for the service and fake profiles that wouldn't have to be paid in royalties to the actual artists.
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Wixen's lawsuit is the result of performers' and publishers' unhappiness with a separate action Spotify took in May, when it offered to pay $43 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a group of songwriters.