Eight Mile Style, Eminem’s music publisher filed a suit against Spotify, blaming the music streaming service for “blatant copyright infringement” in streaming “Lose Yourself” and other Eminem songs.
The lawsuit is linked to Spotify’s implementation of the Music Modernization Act, which was passed in last year. Under the MMA, Spotify can acquire a necessary license to stream a song; however, it could still have to file a “notice of intention” and pay rightsholders.
Nonetheless, Eight Mile says, “Spotify didn’t have any license to reproduce or share the Eight Mile Compositions, either direct, affiliate or obligatory; however, acted deceptively by pretending to have compulsory or other licenses.”
For instance, the suit explains the service’s treatment of “Lose Yourself” as “probably the most egregious example of Spotify’s willful violation,” saying that Spotify placed the music in the Copyright Control section, which is “reserved for songs for which the copyright owner isn’t known so the music cannot be licensed.”
As well as, Eight Mile claims that even though the songs in question have been “streamed on Spotify billions of occasions,” the service has “not paid Eight Mile for these streams; however, instead released random payments, which solely purport to account for a fraction of those streams.”
This isn’t the first time Eight Mile has filed complaints digital music streamers: It sued Apple over copyright issues over a decade in the past and ultimately settled.
In an emailed assertion, Eight Mile’s attorney Richard Busch called this as “an important suit for all songwriters that raises key issues for those whose songs stream on Spotify or other Digital Music Producers.”