Spotify may be looking to make its own hardware this year, but those plans may be hindered by the massive copyright lawsuit the company is now facing. Wixen Music Publishing has filed a $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit against the Swedish company, alleging Spotify is using several songs from artists it represents “without a license and compensation.” The publisher is responsible for representing artists like Tom Petty, Tom Morello, River Cuomo, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks and more.
This isn’t the first time Spotify has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit, as the company proposed a $43 million settlement to resolve a dispute back in May. Two more lawsuits were filed on behalf of other artists in July with a settlement likely for those suits as well.
Spotify has questioned whether Wixen has the artists’ or their heirs permission to pursue legal action against them, as the agreements between the songwriters and Wixen allow the publisher to negotiate licensing deals, but there are no standards set for whether the company can pursue litigation on their behalf.