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We’ve been writing about lawsuits involving Eminem tracks, publisher Eight Mile Style and digital music service since 2009, and a famous lawsuit targeting Apple. Since 2019, Spotify has been in the hotseat, after Eight Mile accused it of wilful copyright infringement over 250 compositions from its catalogue.

Now Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has been told he is required to give a three-hour deposition in the case. That’s something that the company’s legal team had sought to block on the grounds that Ek did not have personal knowledge of the licensing issues in this particular case, and also because it would be an ‘undue burden’ (a specific legal term) on him when other witnesses were able to provide testimony.

The case judge, Jeffery S Frensley, has knocked that back with interest. “The issue of proper licensing relationships with the artists whose work comprises the entirety of Spotify’s business and its sole product is surely also a matter of importance to Spotify, worthy of some of Mr Ek’s time and attention,” he ruled.

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