David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven has filed a lawsuit against music streaming king Spotify claiming that the service has failed to provide songwriters with adequate compensation.
According to The New York Times, Lowery’s lawsuit deals with “mechanical rights,” or the control the copyright holder has over the reproduction of a song, and is a class-action type, meaning that the many artists Lowery claims have been shortchanged can join in.
Spotify spokesperson Jonathan Prince says that they “are committed to paying songwriters and publishers every penny,” however Lowery claims that the company has not properly handled the mechanical rights of the songwriters. Prince says the reason may be that “unfortunately, especially in the United States, the data necessary to confirm the appropriate rights holders is often missing, wrong or incomplete.”
Spotify recently announced a Songwriters and Publishers Administration System that they hope will correct their issues concerning publishing rights.