Eminem's music publisher Eight Mile Style sued Spotify for alleged copyright infringement. The lawsuit claims that the steaming platform did not have the proper license for the rapper's music and that Spotify wants to reward the publisher with billions of streams.
This suit has two branches, Hollywood Reporter first reported today. Spotify was accused of deliberately ignoring Eightem Style's ownership of the Eminem catalog when deciding how to pay streaming revenue for playback metrics. Spotify also claims that it passed in October and violated the Music Modernization Act (MMA) section, which was designed to streamline the process by which artists, composers, producers, and copyright holders receive payments for online music streams.
One of the key issues of dissatisfaction is how Spotify handled massive hits like Eminem's "Lose Yourself." Eight Mile Style claims that streaming services have categorized songs and others as "copyright controlled" or songs with unknown rights holders. Similarly, this complaint claims that Spotify did not go through the proper procedure to license or decide who owns the license, “Lose Yourself” and other songs. "Lose Yourself" was famous for the film starring Emmy em (movie with the same name as the publisher)! — Won an Oscar for Best Original Song category.
Spotify kept Eminem's music on a platform where artists gathered more than 32 million monthly listeners. Some of his songs have been streamed hundreds of millions of times. The eight-mile style blames Spotify for hosting Eminem's music, but doesn't pay proper royalties despite knowing who owns it. “Spotify didn't pay Eight Miles or Eight Miles for this stream, and sent some sort of random payment to explain only some of those streams. Spotify did not respond to requests for comments.
According to Eminem's publicity Dennis Dennehy, the artist is not a party to the lawsuit because the same group owned the music publisher FBP Publishing owns an eight-mile style and has signed Eminem on his first production and publishing contract. As a result, the 8-mile style owns the front of his catalog. Dennehy tells Verge that Eminem and his team were “as surprised as others were with this news”.
Richard Busch represents the eight mile style in the lawsuit. THR Reports Busch is a legal heavyweight company that has set several precedents in the field of music publishing and copyright. This includes the successful litigation of the Marvin Gaye family against "Blurred Lines" composers Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. Busch also represented an eight-mile style in major 2010 lawsuits against Apple and the Universal Music Group. The lawsuit was settled, but it was reported that it resulted in artist- and label-friendly changes to the way digital downloads turn into real sales. As a result, the way royalties are paid when iTunes dominates the music industry has changed THR .
The 8-mile style ultimately seeks billions of dollars in damage. Spotify, which was released last year, is currently worth $ 26 billion. The eight-mile style is also seeking court damage with a total of 243 works on a per song basis. Spotify can pay tens of millions of dollars if the 8-mile style succeeds in disqualifying Spotify under MMA.
8:21 PM 8:18 PM ET: Eminem included details about Eight Mile Style's relationship and the fact that he was not a party.