Electric Jukebox delays US launch citing Spotify songwriter lawsuits


TV-based music-streaming service Electric Jukebox is ditching its plans to launch in the US for now, citing uncertainty around mechanical royalties due to songwriters.

The UK-based company told Music Ally that the two recent class-action lawsuits filed against Spotify by musicians David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick made it think again about launching in the US.

“This isn’t just Spotify’s problem. This is a problem for every single live, on-demand music-streaming service in the US today that has a full catalogue,” said communications director Tim Hadley.

Stuart Dredge

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