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Introduction

Music subscription service Spotify is facing a second class action lawsuit accusing it of reproducing and distributing sound recordings without the necessary license.

Highlights

  • Some of the language used in both Lowery and Ferrick’s lawsuits would seem overly harsh to the casual digital music sector follower. In the last decade or so, terms such as “wholesale copyright infringement” and “irreparable harm” have been associated with pirate services that have generated no revenue at all for any rights holders.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the two copyright infringement lawsuits brought against Spotify in the US by two artists.
  • The research note assesses the merits of the lawsuits and the potential outcomes.

Key questions answered

  • Why have two artists in the US sued Spotify for copyright infringement?
  • What is the likelihood the cases will go to trial?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Spotify and the class action copyright infringement claims
  • What Spotify should have done to avoid a legal claim
  • Intentions and irreparable harm

Appendix

  • Author

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