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January 11, 2016IM -
Local 123 (Richmond, VA) member David Lowery has filed a class action lawsuit against Spotify alleging that the company unlawfully distributed copyrighted music compositions to more than 75 million users, but failed to identify or locate the owners of those compositions for payment, and did not issue a notice of intent to employ a compulsory license. The suit seeks $150 million in damages stating that the use of songs not lawfully licensed “creates substantial harm and injury to the copyright holders, and diminishes the integrity of the works.” The complaint notes that statutory judgments allow $750-$30,000 for each infringed work, and up to $150,000 per song. The complaint states that there is a well-defined community of interest in the litigation and that members of the proposed class can be easily identified from Spotify’s database.