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David Lowery files $150 million lawsuit against Spotify

Cracker frontman alleges the platform unlawfully distributed copyrighted works

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    Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery has been an outspoken critic of streaming music services such as Spotify and Pandora over the years, arguing that they don’t fairly compensate artists. In 2013, he famously called out the latter platform for paying him a meager $16.89 in exchange for a whopping one million song plays. (It’s “less than what I make from a single T-shirt sale!”)

    Now, it appears Lowery is taking his grievances to the courts. As Stereogum reports, the frontman is appointed the representative of a $150 million class action lawsuit against Spotify.

    The suit alleges that “Spotify knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted works without obtaining the proper mechanical licenses.” In particular, the complaint notes that the following Cracker songs were unlawfully made available to stream on the platform: “Almond Grove”, “Get On Down the Road”, “King of Bakersfield”, and “Tonight I Cross the Border”.

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    Additionally, Lowery points to a $25 million “reserve fund to pay royalties for pending and unmatched song use” as evidence that Spotify was well aware of its wrongdoings.

    Along with streaming services, Lowery has railed against lyric websites like Genius for copyright infringement.

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