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The lawsuit goes on to say, "As a result, Spotify has built a billion dollar business on the backs of songwriters and publishers whose music Spotify is using, in many cases without obtaining and paying for the necessary licenses", the lawsuit alleges.

Of course, Spotify may just be trying to find a loophole in their mounting legal problems.

In the complaint, Wixen alleges that Spotify is guilty of streaming 10,874 songs they administer without proper licensing or compensation and is seeking $150,000 per song to bring the total award up to $1.6 billion.

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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While Spotify has worked to track down the rights to the sound recordings of the songs it streams, it has never adequately secured the equivalent rights for the songs themselves as published works, according to the suit.

Another lawsuit was brought against Spotify previous year, spearheaded by Bob Gaudio - a founding member of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Additionally, Spotify was hit with two more lawsuits where the plaintiffs claim that Spotify hadn't fully complied with obligations under Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act. He argued that the class action settlement was an "empty gesture" and claimed that the streaming service had failed to provide "compulsory license to make a mechanical reproduction of a musical composition".

Read Wixen's lawsuit above.


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