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If you ain’t got no haters, you ain’t poppin’: Spotify sued for $1.6 billion

Last week the streaming giant Spotify was sued for copyright infringement, using songs without a license and without properly paying the publisher.

Wixen Music Publishing Inc, who is the sole licensee of gems like “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty, “Light My Fire” by the Doors, “(Girl We Got a) and Good Thing” by Weezer, claims Spotify streamed these and countless others like them without a direct or a compulsory license granted permission.

The $1.6 billion Wixen is seeking in damages is an unimaginable amount but it’s not the first time the Stockholm, Sweden-based company has had to shell out cash. In May, they payed $43 million to settle a proposed class action alleging they failed to pay royalties for some of the songs it makes available to users. Sound familiar?

Additionally, Spotify was hit with two more lawsuits where the plaintiffs claim that Spotify hadn’t fully complied with obligations under Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act. According to the group of Wixen songwriters in the filing,

“The Settlement Agreement is procedurally and substantively unfair to Settlement Class Members because it prevents meaningful participation by rights holders and offers them an unfair dollar amount in light of Spotify’s ongoing, willful copyright infringement of their works.”

The Music Modernization Act ,which impacts copyright holders suing over mechanical reproduction.was enacted Jan. 1, 2018, which also when the suite was filed. Spotify is refuting the legitimacy of the claims and plans of fighting in court.

With Tidal facing it’s own financial woes, Apple remains Spotify’s only competitor. But with antics like these, artist may lose trust pull their music (cc: Taylor Swift).

These types discrepancies are the types of kinks you run into when an industry is developing as fast as the streaming one is.

Whether Spotify’s argument will hold is yet to be seen but wither way, the ruling will set precedent on copyright issues in streaming.

Paralyzed fan suing Travis Scott for telling him to jump from balcony

Travis Scott is being sued by a fan who was left paralyzed after a fall from the balcony at Terminal 5.

Scott’s April 30 show at Terminal 5 was getting a little out of hand and he encouraged fans to jump off the balcony into the crowd below.

One of these fans is the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Kyle Green, a 23-year-old who is now paralyzed on the left side from the fall.

Travis Scott can be seen urging Green to jump in cell phone footage of the incident.

“I see you, but are you gon’ do it,” Scott says. “They gon’ catch you; don’t be scared!”

The lawsuit claims Scott, “incited mayhem and chaos through his conduct.”

As for Green, he remembers the fall and the chaos that ensued, instead of giving him proper medical help, security dragged him around and brought him on stage,

“I fell and hit the floor. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by security guards, who scooped me up…Travis Scott was yelling at his security guards to bring me to the stage. They didn’t put a backboard or a neck brace on me or anything, they just kinda lifted me up and pulled me around.”

Travis Scott put out a statement at the time claiming that safety is always a priority,

“The safety of everyone is held in the highest regard and we are currently conducting an internal investigation to ensure that this does not happen again. We are deeply concerned about the guest who was injured and intend to offer him our support.”

This is fucking brutal for Green, but I’m not sure if Scott is liable in this case.

Travis Scott shows are known for getting wild. He was arrested for inciting a riot at a show in Arkansas in May (a month after the Terminal 5 incident).

Folks, we fully support going off at all live shows, but stay safe and never jump from elevated surfaces onto a sea of people that will most likely not catch you.