Spotify faces another digital royalties-related lawsuit


Will Spotify’s lawyers ever be able to enjoy their Christmas dinners without a looming royalties lawsuit? The latest comes from independent music company Sosa Entertainment and its sister firm Pro Music Rights.

MBW reports that Sosa claims that it has not been paid the full royalties for more than 550m streams of its catalogue on Spotify. There are all kinds of shenanigans alleged in the lawsuit, from what Sosa describes as false claims of stream-manipulation against it by Spotify, to the termination of Sosa’s relationship with indie-licensing agency Merlin, which it says made it miss out on a windfall from the sale of Merlin’s shares in the streaming service.

Spotify has declined to comment, so far. The plaintiffs are aiming high with their lawsuit, seeking “over $1 billion of dollars for distribution to its clients for unfair and deceptive trade practices, unfair competition and copyright violations arising from Spotify’s failure to pay royalties on over 550,000,000 musical streams” according to a press release.

Written by: Stuart Dredge