Seems Drake and his backing labels aren’t the only ones who’ve been hit with a lawsuit. Eminem‘s publisher, Eight Mile Style is currently suing Streaming Service, Spotify for not having the proper licences for the rapper’s music. The company is asking to be compensated for billions of streams. Eminem and his team are reportedly not involved in the suit, and are “surprised as anyone else by this news”.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the music publisher is claiming Spotify infringed hundreds of song copyrights. The suit was filed on Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, in it Eight Mile Style alleges that the streaming service reproduced Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and 250 other songs by the rapper. The music publisher might be seeking billions of dollars in alleged damages.
Eight Mile also alleges that Spotify has placed Eminem‘s former chart topper, Lose Yourself into a category reserved for songs with unknown owners called “Copyright Control“. In the publisher’s opinion, the song was a huge hit and even won an Oscar for best original song, and the owner is particularly famous on the platform.
The new suit also alleges that Spotify violated the new Music Modernization Act which was enacted last October to help artists, songwriters, producers, and rights holders get paid for online music streams. The suit also accuses the streaming service of not having the adequate license for Eminem‘s music but have streamed them billions of times. A copy of the suit acquired by The Hollywood Reporter reads;
“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 THR, “Eight Mile seeks Spotify’s substantial profits“. Spotify could end up paying Eight Mile Style billions as the publishing company is seeking statutory damages per song, with a total of 243 works in question. If Eight Mile Style successfully disqualifies Spotify from protection under the MMA, it could face more tasking penalties.