U.S. News | Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify for Copyright Infringement

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Eminem’s publishing company, Eight Mile Style, has filed a lawsuit in the Tennessee Middle District Court against Spotify for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff reportedly said that Spotify has no license to stream hundreds of the rapper’s songs.

The plaintiff reportedly claimed that 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 these streams.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff argues that one of his songs “Lose Yourself” was placed under Copyright Control category where songs are relegated when the owner is unknown.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the categorization is absurd and that Spotify will be unable to identify the song’s owner as it’s one of the most well-known songs in history having that the 2002 8 Mile track peaked at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The plaintiff alleges that Spotify is not compliant with the Music Modernization Act (MMA) intended to update copyright rules for the digital and streaming era and aid music creators in receiving royalties due.

“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 plaintiff reportedly alleges.

The case is ongoing.

Eight Mile Style, LLC et al v. Spotify USA Inc.

Judge:Aleta A Trauger
Court:Tennessee Middle District Court
Case #:3:19-cv-00736
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: August 21, 2019
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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