Jay Z's Tidal sued for $5 million in royalties suit
UPI News Service, 03/01/2016
Tidal, the Jay-Z-led streaming service championed by various artists for its allegedly fair royalty payments, is facing a $5 million lawsuit for royalty underpayment and copyright infringement.
According to documents from a New York district court, both Yesh Music and John Emanuele from band The American Dollar are alleging in the class action suit the exclusive service failed to obtain proper licenses for 270 songs listed on the site.
The plaintiffs claim Tidal deliberately cut the calculated amount of the songs' streams by "tens of millions," thus decreasing the alleged amount due.
In statement, Tidal reported "the entire catalogue in question streamed fewer than 13,000 times on Tidal and it's predecessor over the past year."
"Tidal is up to date on all royalties for the rights to the music stated in Yesh Music LLC and John Emanuel's claim," the company continued," and they are misinformed as to who, if anyone owes royalty payments to them."
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