Eminem publisher sues Spotify for copyright violations

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Eminem has never been properly paid for songs "streamed on Spotify billions of times", court papers say.

The complaint cites "Lose Yourself", which the plaintiff alleges was placed in a category called "Copyright Control", where songs are relegated when the owner is unknown. However, given the song's ubiquity, the suit says it's "absurd" that Spotify claims it's unable to identify who owns the copyright to the iconic song, which was the centrepiece of Emimen's 2002 movie "Eight Mile". The rapper has about 32 million monthly listeners on the streaming service.

Per the Reporter, Eight Mile is not only further alleging that Spotify is not in compliance with the Music Modernisation Act, but that sections of the law that extended immunity to streamers for past violations are unconstitutional.

Spotify has built a business, now valued at $26 billion, "with no assets other than the recordings of songs by songwriters like Eminem made available to stream on demand to consumers", Eight Mile said. It also seeks to disqualify Spotify from MMA limitation of damages and declare the federal law unconstitutional as it applies to Eight Mile Style's allegations.

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Eminem's music publisher is seeking billions of dollars in a lawsuit against Spotify.

The lawsuit seeks statutory damages of $150,000 for each of the 243 compositions Spotify allegedly infringed - an award that could cost the streaming service more than $3 billion. The claim argues that Spotify "did not engage in the required commercially reasonable efforts to match sound recordings with the Eight Mile Compositions as required by the MMA".

In other words, Eight Mile Style believes Spotify knew they owned the tracks.

According to the Verge, Eminem publicist Dennis Dennehy stated that the rapper is not a party to the suit, nor was he aware of its filing.

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