Wixen is the licensee of songs from popular artists like Missy Elliott, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty, and Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks.
Spotify is one of the widely used music streaming services around the world due to its availability across several platforms for different hardware products. Some of these songs are owned by Wixen via copyright. Some of the songs they hold they right to include "Light My Fire" by the Doors, "Good Thing" by Weezer and "Free Fallin" by Tom Petty. At the heart of the suit, filed December 29 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, is Wixen's allegation that Spotify did not obtain one of two licenses required to distribute music. It also alleges that Spotify knew the agency "did not possess the infrastructure to obtain the required mechanical licenses", that it knew it didn't hold the licenses required to stream certain songs, and that it continued anyway. They also said that the streaming service did not take all the steps in identifying the proper rights-holders to the songs in question.
Spotify countered that Wixen had only "assumed" their authority to file a lawsuit after sending their clients a letter "stating that it would submit Requests for Exclusion in their names unless - within a short time frame - the client affirmatively provided Wixen Music with contrary instructions".
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