NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pro Music Rights LLC, a public performance rights organization, headquartered in Naples, Florida, representing approximately 2,000,000 musical works, has filed a lawsuit against Spotify seeking over $1 billion dollars for distribution to its clients for unfair and deceptive trade practices, unfair competition and copyright violations arising from Spotify’s failure to pay royalties on over 550,000,000 musical streams.
“For years, Spotify has taken advantage of the artists, song writers, composers and publishers represented by Pro Music Rights,” says Jake P. Noch, the Founder and CEO of Pro Music Rights.
“It is no secret in the industry that, as reflected by the countless lawsuits against Spotify for infringing the intellectual property rights of hard-working musicians, writers, artists and composers, Spotify cavalierly plays songs without paying royalties,” Mr. Noch adds.
“The time to stop Spotify’s utter disregard for U.S. law and the intellectual property rights of Pro Music Rights’ clients is today,” Mr. Noch continues, “and that’s why we have filed the largest federal lawsuit against Spotify in this federal district court.”
Pro Music Rights is one of the newer public performance rights organizations in the United States with an estimated 7.4% of the market share, right behind BMI and ASCAP.
Pro Music Rights’ business model is focused directly on artists, song writers, composers and publishers. “We want to pay the people who create and bring our favorite songs into the market 5X more than BMI and ASCAP pay them, and that’s why Pro Music Rights is trying hard every day to secure licensing agreements for $0.01 per usages (instead of the fraction of a penny the other PROs pay),” Mr. Noch says.
“Pro Music Rights intends to ask a Florida jury at trial to hold Spotify responsible for its reprehensible conduct of intellectual property infringement and unfair and deceptive trade practices,” Mr. Noch ends.
Mr. Noch passionately says, “We owe it to our clients – and we owe it to every other artist, song writer, composer and publisher spending hours in the studio, basement or garage fulfilling their dreams while Spotify lies in wait to profit off their sweat and tears.”
“Today is the start of a new era in protecting public performance rights,” Mr. Noch concludes.
Pro Music Rights’ lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Pro Music Rights LLC et al v. Spotify AB et al., Case No. 2:19-cv-00843, and is represented by Richard Gora (email@example.com) and Sinead Rafferty (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Gora LLC, a national law firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, and Vito Roppo (email@example.com) of Colosseum Counsel, PLLC, headquartered in Naples, Florida.
Jake Noch may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, which is actively accepting new rightsholders, licensing arrangements and business relationships.