July 22, 2017
- David Lowery, frontman of the band Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, has filed a lawsuit against Spotify. The streaming service would give him and other musicians at least 150 million dollars (137 million euros) in royalties and fines are guilty. This was reported by Billboard.
Lowery says in the lawsuit that Spotify conscious music copyright spreads without the necessary permit. The penalty for this would 150 000 dollars ($ 137 000) per song. He cites four of his own songs that Spotify would have spread illegal and asks the court permission with his case, other musicians who want to connect to may be represented.
Spotify lets in a reaction that everything to do with royalties payable to copyright holders, but these are not always easy to find. If it is not immediately clear who is entitled to money, Spotify puts money aside in a special container.
Earlier this month, the company had already announced the service Spotify Songwriters and Publishers Administration System have been created precisely with the aim to make the payments easier for smaller artists. But according to Lowery Spotify has thus admitted to have failed to pay royalties and have artists he therefore entitled to an additional compensation.