Pandora Being Sued For Displaying Song Lyrics

Music publishing company Wixen has filed a lawsuit against Pandora for copyright infringement, alleging that the music streaming company displayed lyrics from some of its artists “without valid license or authorization.”

The suit pertains to Pandora displaying lyrics from Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, Weezer and several other Wixen artists.

The Pandora suit claims infringement over roughly 100 songs, including Cake‘s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket,” The Doors‘ “Riders on the Storm,” and Petty’s “It’s Good to be King” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.”

“Plaintiff brings this action against Pandora to obtain redress for the massive and continuing unauthorized commercial exploitation by Pandora of the lyrics to the musical compositions listed,” reads the lawsuit, which was filed on Monday.

Wixen claims that it notified Pandora about the issue in early 2018, but the latter continued to profit from the alleged “unauthorized display” through subscription fees and advertising revenue.

“Pandora’s infringement is therefore willful and deliberate,” the lawsuit says.

Although Pandora partners with licensing companies like LyricFind to source its lyrics, along with the rights to display them, Wixen argues that those licensing agreements, including the ones attained by LyricFind, don’t cover work by its clients.

This is the second major lawsuit brought by Wixen against a music streaming company. In December 2018, it settled a $1.6 billion suit against Spotify over mechanical licenses.

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