Sony Now Faces Legal Action Over Its Spotify Contract…

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It’s been a rough year for Sony. All their dirty laundry is being aired for the world to see, but it’s hard to feel bad for them.

19 Recordings Ltd. was already suing Sony for underpaying their American Idol artists, but then Sony filed a countersuit saying they actually OVERPAID these artists.

Now 19 Recordings is has filed an amended complaint against Sony Music as a direct result of the leak of their Spotify contract. 19 is accusing Sony of breach of contract and breach of good faith and fair dealing.

19 Recordings is suing on behalf of American Idol artists Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks, David Archuleta, and David Cook. They say Sony purposefully negotiated low rates, and wrongfully kept money from other forms of payment from Spotify.

They are “demanding” a jury trial.


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4 Responses

  1. CPA

    This is the roadmap and litigation template for every recording artist signed to a major label.

    After, twelve years in the industry and I have never seen an audit go in favor of the label. They are always screwing the artists – albeit most times its unintentional error (royalty miscals, foreign/domestic issues, tax withholdings, etc.). Nonetheless, if you’re an artist, take note of this complaint.

    • Anon

      Pretty sure the aggregators are screwing people too, at least some of them.

  2. Dewey Cheatham

    Yes! Bring it on. First we sue the fans, then we sue the tech companies, then we get back to the tried and true policy of suing each other! If some company is making money, sue for your cut! If you’re the one making money, it’s not enough, better sue for some more! Litigation: it’s the business model of the future! It’s the business model of right now! Heck, I sued myself last year…I can’t say what happened because the terms of the settlement aren’t public, but suffice to say I am writing this from yacht #2!


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