Eminem’s publisher Eight Mile Style filed a suit in federal court Wednesday alleging that Spotify has streamed the artist’s songs without having properly licensed 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,” states the complaint obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

The Music Modernization Act, which is meant to simplify the licensing process for tech companies, allows them to license songs of unknown owners by placing them in a category called Copyright Control. The lawsuit alleges that Spotify placed Eminem’s songs, including the Grammy-winning ”Lose Yourself”, in this category despite having full knowledge of the songs’ ownership. Even if they somehow weren’t familiar with Eminem’s songs, they could have simply Googled the titles; the MMA requires a good faith effort of determining a song’s owner before placing them into the Copyright Control category. The claim argues that Spotify ”did not engage in the required commercially reasonable efforts to match sound recordings with the Eight Mile Compositions as required by the MMA.”

Källa: Eminem’s publisher sues Spotify for unlicensed streaming