Happy New Year?
Last Tuesday, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery jumpstarted the New Years Eve fireworks with a $150 million class action lawsuit against Spotify, claiming that the streaming service "knowingly, willingly and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted" music.
That music includes songs written by Lowery, a known artist rights advocate, such as "Almond Grove", "Get On Down the Road", "King of Bakersfield", and "Tonight I Cross the Border." Statutory penalties can be as high as $150,000 per occurrence of willful infringement.
Spotify responded that it is "Committed to paying songwriters and publishers every penny," but that "Unfortunately, especially in the United States, the data necessary to confirm the appropriate rightsholders is often missing, wrong, or incomplete."
In an interview with Complete Music Update, Lowery's legal representative, Sanford Michelman, rebuked the statement, calling it "the worst excuse in the world." Stay tuned...