Published Dec 29, 2015Though he's best known as the frontman for seminal indie acts Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, David Lowery has just become a key figure in the ongoing streaming wars. Yesterday (December 28), the performer filed a $150 million class action lawsuit against Spotify.
As Billboard reports, Lowery's lawsuit claims that Spotify knowingly, willingly and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted work without proper mechanical licences. Mechanical licences are what allow for the reproduction of copyrighted material.
Lowery alleges that Spotify unlawfully distributed copyrighted songs to over 75 million users without identifying their composers for payment. He also claims the company didn't issue a notice of intent to get a compulsory licence.
According to the lawsuit, Spotify has allegedly reproduced Lowery songs like "Almond Grove," "Get On Down the Road" and "King of Bakersfield" without permission. Penalties for each infraction could reach up to $150,000 USD each.
Stay tuned for more on this lawsuit as it unfolds — we have a feeling it's going to be a doozy.