Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify for Copyright Infringement, Challenges Music Modernization Act

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Eminem in 2010 (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Eminem in 2010 (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Eminem’s publishing firm Eight Mile Style filed an enormous copyright infringement lawsuit in opposition to Spotify as we speak, THR reports and paperwork seen by Pitchfork affirm.

The lawsuit claims that Spotify has no license to host about 250 of Eminem’s songs together with lots of his greatest hits (“My Name Is,” “Lose Yourself,” “Stan,” “Without Me,” “The Real Slim Shady,” and extra). Eight Mile Style says that whereas the songs have been streamed billions of occasions, “Spotify has not accounted to Eight Mile or paid Eight Mile for these streams but instead remitted random payments of some sort, which only purport to account for a fraction of those streams.”

According to the lawsuit, the songs have been positioned below a licensing class referred to as “Copyright Control”—a designation given to songs with an unknown copyright proprietor. The grievance then calls it “absurd” that Spotify could be unable to find the copyright proprietor of “one of the most well-known songs in history.”

The firm additionally challenged the Music Modernization Act and claimed that Spotify hadn’t lived as much as the legislation’s necessities. The act was signed into law by Donald Trump final yr as he was surrounded by musicians together with Kid Rock and Mike Love. The legislation was created to replace copyright safety for songwriters and artists within the digital and streaming period.

After saying that Spotify’s actions didn’t meet the legislation’s necessities, Eight Mile questioned the constitutionality of the legislation. “The MMA’s retroactive elimination of the right of a plaintiff to receive profits attributable to infringement, statutory damages, and attorneys’ fees, is an unconstitutional denial of due process (both procedural and substantive), and an unconstitutional taking of vested property rights,” the grievance reads.

Eight Mile is searching for earnings and damages. Pitchfork has reached out to Spotify for remark.