Spotify Hit With $150M Copyright Infringement Suit

By Y. Peter Kang (January 4, 2016, 4:42 PM EST) -- An independent rock musician has lobbed a $150 million putative class action at Spotify, accusing the music streaming service of conducting an "egregious" and ongoing campaign of copyright infringement, according to a complaint filed in California federal court.

David Lowery, lead singer and guitarist for bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, alleges that Spotify USA Inc. is violating his and other musicians' so-called mechanical rights, which apply to musical compositions embodied in tangible media such as CDs, as well as digital downloads, by failing to properly obtain mechanical licenses for certain songs it streams to its tens of millions of users,...

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