Spotify To Pay $43M To End Songwriter Royalties Dispute

By Bill Donahue (May 30, 2017, 3:15 PM EDT) -- Spotify has agreed to pay $43 million to settle class action copyright litigation claiming the streaming service failed to pay proper royalties to thousands of songwriters.

The settlement, filed in court late Friday, will resolve two class actions that claimed Spotify chose "systemic and willful copyright infringement" rather than following proper procedures to pay so-called mechanical royalties, which go to songwriters and publishers when compositions are recorded or reproduced.

Under the terms of the agreement, which must be approved by a judge, the streaming service will set up a $43.45 million fund to pay song owners for past uses, as well...

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