Eminem’s Publisher Sues a Massive Copyright to Spotify
Eminem is among the most followed artists on Spotify with monthly listens on par with Bruno Mars, Coldplay and Taylor Swift. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the publishing company of the male rapper, Eight Mile Style, filed a massive copyright infringement lawsuit against the digital music platform.
The lawsuit claims that Spotify has no license to host about 250 of Eminem’s songs including “My Name Is,” “Lose Yourself,” “Stan,” “Without Me,” “The Real Slim Shady,” and more.
While the songs have been streamed billions of times, Eight Mile Style saying, “Spotify has not accounted to Eight Mile or paid Eight Mile for these streams but instead remitted random payments of some sort, which only purport to account for a fraction of those streams.”
According to the lawsuit, the songs were placed under a licensing category called “Copyright Control”, it’s a designation given to songs with an unknown copyright owner.
The company also challenged the Music Modernization Act and claimed that Spotify hadn’t lived up to the law’s requirements. The act was signed into law by President Donald Trump last year as he was surrounded by musicians including Kid Rock and Mike Love. It was created to update copyright protection for songwriters and artists in the digital and streaming era.