In November 2019, we reported on the latest lawsuit filed against Spotify by music rightsholders: Sosa Entertainment and its sister firm Pro Music Rights. Sosa was claiming that it had not been paid the full royalties for more than 550m streams of its catalogue. Now Pro Music Rights is targeting Spotify’s rivals too, with copyright infringement lawsuits filed before Christmas (but not noticed until this month).
“Lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the bundle of lawsuits names Apple, Google, YouTube, Amazon, SoundCloud, Pandora, Deezer, 7digital, iHeartradio and Rhapsody as defendants,” explained the company’s press release, which staked its claim to license works recorded by the likes of A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams, Soulja Boy, Nipsey Hussle, Migos, Gucci Mane and Fall Out Boy. Pro Music Rights is seeking the full $150k of statutory damages for each work claimed to have been infringed.