The latest class-action lawsuit to hit a streaming service has nothing to do with publishing royalties.
Instead, consumer-tech privacy law firm Edelson PC is suing Tidal and Kanye West, claiming that Tidal “duped” fans into signing up for its service – including handing over personal data and credit-card details – by claiming that it was the only way to listen to West’s new ‘The Life of Pablo’ album.
In the lawsuit, Edelson PC points to West’s claim that “My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal”, noting that within a month and a half, it was released on other services – Apple Music included.
“By that point, Plaintiff Baker-Rhett and millions of other consumers had been misled into believing they could only hear the album on Tidal. Had they known they’d be able to listen to the album elsewhere, they would not have become Tidal subscribers,” claims the law firm.
Tidal has yet to comment.