Music Licensing Reform Is Singing The Same Old Song
By Thomas Lenard and Lawrence WhiteMarch 30, 2018, 11:26 AM EDT
Law360 (March 30, 2018, 11:26 AM EDT) -- As Spotify prepares to go public later this year, the company faces a $1.6 billion lawsuit. The suit alleges that Spotify is streaming such hits as Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” the Doors’ “Light My Fire,” and tens of thousands of other songs without obtaining the necessary licenses and compensating copyright holders. Spotify is not the only target. Apple Music and other streaming services have also been hit with copyright infringement lawsuits.
The basic problem is that Spotify and other streaming services are trying to license music...