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Will the real valid licence please stand up? Eight Mile Style go the extra mile against Spotify

Eminem’s music publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a lawsuit against Spotify for copyright infringement. As Eminem’s music publishers (and therefore as a result of the publishing agreement signed between the two), Eight Mile Style own and control the copyright to the musical compositions written in whole or in part by Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers). Owning the copyright to music is a valuable asset which can be commercially exploited by way of licensing, as…
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Spotify and the importance of Licences

Spotify has been at the forefront of providing a new way to instantly listen to (or rather stream) new songs released by your favourite artists and its model of providing free streaming services with adverts (which cannot be listened to offline) or monthly subscription streaming services (which do not have adverts and can be listened to offline) seems to help discourage the downloading/streaming of music without the permission of copyright holders. However, the 2008 streaming…
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Spotify is getting sued for copyright infringement … again

Spotify is getting sued in two separate lawsuits for copyright infringement. A Nashville-based publisher and a songwriter claim that the streaming service did not obtain the necessary licenses to stream works from their respective catalogues. In one lawsuit, Bob Gaudio (a songwriter and founding member of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) is suing Spotify for the use of 106 of his compositions. In the other lawsuit, Bluewater Music Services Corporation is suing Spotify for…
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