Eight Mile Style, US rap star Eminem's publisher, has filed a lawsuit against Spotify, accusing the Stockholm-based streaming service of infringing on hundreds of song copyrights and violating the Music Modernization Act (MMA). The Hollywood Reporter managed to obtain a copy of the lawsuit.
Passed in October 2018, the MMA federal law aims to streamline the process whereby artists, songwriters and rights holders receive royalties for online music streams.
We cant stream Lose Yourself? How will we live?— Jonathan. NOT JOHN!!! (@Razorjamon91) August 22, 2019
In a suit filed in a federal court in Nashville on Wednesday, Eight Mile Style claimed that Spotify had streamed the music publisher's compositions "billions of times" but that it "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". Spotify has not commented on the matter yet.
The lawsuit, in particular, claims that the streamer labelled Eminem's massive hits, including "Lose Yourself" as "Copyright Control," or as a song with unknown rights holders. Spotify stands accused of not making adequate remunerations to the publishers of Eminem songs, despite being aware of who owns the rights.
Welp, R.I.P. Spotify!! 😳👽— IndependentAlien51 (@IAlien51) August 22, 2019
The document mentions a total of 243 Eminem compositions which were allegedly infringed upon by Spotify, something that may cost the streaming service more than $36 million in damages.
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Eminem’s publicist Dennis Dennehy has meanwhile told The Verge that the rapper and his team were “just as surprised as anyone else by this news [about Eight Mile Style’s lawsuit]”.
According to Dennehy, the artist is not a party to the lawsuit because Eight Mile Style is @owned by the same group that owns music publisher FBP Publishing, which signed Eminem to his first production and publishing deal".