Artist Also Sues Google Play Over Royalties
March 3, 2016 at 11:43 AM (PT)
Apparently, JOHN EMANUELE, half of the duo AMERICAN DOLLAR, and publisher YESH MUSIC, didn't just sue TIDAL MUSIC for under-payment of mechanical royalties (NET NEWS, 3/3). The plaintiffs also filed a similar class-action lawsuit against GOOGLE PLAY in the Southern District Court of NEW YORK, MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE reports.
They allege that GOOGLE continued to infringe the copyright of two compositions after being served with notice on JULY 22nd, 2015, and "failed to serve an NOI, or a timely NOI, for all of Plaintiffs’ and Putative Class’ Copyrighted compositions.”
The parties are claiming statutory damages awards of between $750 and $30,000 for each infringed Composition, and up to $150,000 for a willful infringement. “The infringement of Plaintiffs’ and the Putative Class Members’ mechanical rights was, and is, knowing and willful," the suit claims. "Plaintiffs and the Putative Class hold the rights to many copyrighted musical compositions which Defendant has reproduced and/or distributed without license and without proper payment of royalties or accounting for royalties."