Music publisher Wixen has filed a complaint against Pandora for displaying lyrics from Wixen artists, including Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine and Weezer. Wixen & # 39; s suit claims that the internet radio service intentionally used the text "without any valid license or authorization." It is the second major lawsuit that Wixen recently filed against a streaming music company, following a now-settled $ 1.6 billion lawsuit against Spotify.
As explained on his website, Pandora shows texts under some numbers on both mobile and desktop. It is done in no time since 2009, collaboration with licensing companies such as LyricFind for rights. But Wixen says that those rights do not include the work of his customers. It claims that Pandora was aware of this, partly because Wixen apparently informed the company in early 2018. Although the complaint states that Pandora took over some of the lyrics last month, it calls the delay a sign of "intentional and intentional" copyright infringement. .
Wixen prosecuted Spotify earlier because of the complicated issue of & # 39; mechanical licenses & # 39 ;, based on a complex legal framework that has since changed. But licensing song lyrics is a separate problem. The Pandora suit claims infringement of around 100 numbers, including Cake & # 39; s & # 39; Short Skirt / Long Jacket & # 39 ;, The Doors & # 39; & # 39; Riders on the Storm & # 39; & # 39; and Tom Petty & # 39; s & # 39; It & # 39; s Good to be King & # 39; and & # 39; Mary Jane & # 39; s Last Dance & # 39 ;.
If Wixen has the upper hand in this series, the company can request compensation of up to $ 150,000 per number. The parent company of Pandora, Sirius XM, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. LyricFind, which is not a party to the lawsuit, also did not immediately confirm the licensing status of the numbers.
Lyric sites such as Genius have had skirmishes with publishers in recent years; Genius suggested that the reprints could be defended as reasonable use but eventually hit deals with record labels. In turn, Genius recently accused Google of "stealing" the texts, based on a watermark pattern that was "red handed" in Morse code. It is not clear that this is actually legally important, because both sites pay license fees and do not own the song rights. This claim against Pandora – that it is simply not a licensing agreement with Wixen – is a more straightforward issue of copyright infringement.