Spotify has gifted the masses with quite a surprise this fall. The streaming giant has announced that it’s tripling the length of its free-trial service.
Now, instead of just 30 days of the premium service, new users will receive 90 days free.
The announcement posted today discusses Spotify’s premium service and states the new trial time. The extension applies to individual and student plans no matter when you signed up. The only requirement is that you haven’t tried premium in the past.
“Music and podcasts play an important role in people’s lives, so we wanted to give users the first three months for free to fully enjoy everything that Spotify Premium has to offer,” Spotify Chief Premium Business Officer Alex Norström says. “We know it takes time to fully experience all of the features available with Premium, so we’re giving people the time that they need to fall in love with Premium’s seamless listening experience and on-demand access to more than 50 million tracks, billions of playlists and 450,000 podcast titles for free.”
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Em’s publisher Eight Mile Style has accused Spotify of reproducing nearly 250 of the rapper’s songs without consent, totaling damages that could be in the billions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the suit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville.
The lawsuit “accuses Spotify of willful copyright infringement” on nearly 250 of Eminem’s tracks including hits such as “Lose Yourself.”
A copy of the suit claims the streaming giant has no license for these compositions. Additionally, while the tracks have accumulated billions of streams, Eight Mile Style not been paid for all of them.
“Spotify has not accounted to Eight Mile or paid Eight Mile for these streams but instead remitted random payments of some sort, which only purport to account for a fraction of those streams.”
Additionally, the lawsuit states Spotify placed “Lose Yourself” into a category called “Copyright Control.”
This category is reserved for songs in which the owner is unknown.
“First, by its terms, the MMA liability limitation section only applies to compositions for which the copyright owner was not known, and to previously unmatched works (compositions not previously matched with sound recordings), and not to ‘matched’ works for which the DMP [Digital Music Provider] knew who the copyright owner was and just committed copyright infringement,” the complaint states.
In other words, Eight Mile Style believes Spotify knew they owned the tracks. Even if they didn’t, they “did not engage in the required commercially reasonable efforts to match sound recordings with the Eight Mile Compositions as required by the MMA.”
You can read a copy of the lawsuit here.
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