US artist files class action lawsuit against Spotify
The Sweden-based streaming service Spotify was hit with a class action suit on Monday alleging the company knowingly disregarded copyright law.
US guitarist David Lowery, who fronted alternative rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, filed the suit in a US federal court, news agency AFP reports.
Lowery has asked a US judge to allow a class action suit on behalf of "hundreds of thousands" of potential plaintiffs. He alleges that Spotify failed to pay him mechanical royalties, which are owed to a songwriter or publisher every time their song or a version of it is downloaded or streamed online.
In the suit, Lowery listed four of his songs that he claimed were covered and used on Spotify without his permission.
AFP reports that no specific request for compensation was made in the lawsuit, though it accused the company of being "unjustly enriched" by at least $150 million.
When reached for comment a company spokesman told the AFP that Spotify is "committed to paying songwriters and publishers every penny. Unfortunately, especially in the United States, the data necessary to confirm the appropriate rights-holders is often missing, wrong or incomplete."