Spotify facing $1.6 billion lawsuit

(WIVB) — Spotify is facing a $1.6 billion lawsuit for violating U.S. copyright laws.

Wixen Music Publishing claims Spotify used more than 10,000 songs without a license.

Those songs include Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” and works by artists like The Doors, Neil Young and Missy Elliott.

U.S. law requires two copyrights for every song — one for the actual recording, and one for the composition.

Spotify has not commented on the matter. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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