byÂ Charlotte Hassan
Spotify is facing yet another lawsuitâ€¦but this time itâ€™s over trademarks and patents.
Today, a lawsuit was filed against Spotify by Post Media Systems LLC. Â Post Media claims that the streaming service breaches three United States patents. Â DMN has just gotten word of these actions, though the choice of court venue â€”Â the Eastern District of Texas â€”Â raisesÂ the possibility of some serious patent trolling.
The alleged infringing trademarks are as follows;Â US 7069310 B1 (System and method for creating and posting media lists for purposes of subsequent playback),Â US 7472175 B2 (System for creating and posting media for sharing on a communication network), andÂ US 8725832 B2 (System and method for creating and posting media lists for purposes of subsequent playback).
Shortly after the complaint, a summons was issued to Spotify, which readsâ€¦
â€A lawsuit has been filed against you. Within 21 days after service of this summons on you (not counting the day you received it) â€” or 60 days if you are the United States or a United States agency, or an officer or employee of the United States described in Fed. R. Civ. P. 12 (a)(2) or (3) â€” you must serve on the plaintiff an answer to the attached complaint or a motion under Rule 12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
The answer or motion must be served on the plaintiff or plaintiffâ€™s attorney, whose name and address are: If you fail to respond, judgment by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.Â
You also must file your answer or motion with the court.â€
At this stage it is unknown whether Spotify will file a cross motion, but DMN presumes that this will be the case.
But, this is not the only infringing lawsuit that Spotify is facing at the momentâ€¦
The streaming service already has a lot of legal stuff their plate. First, Spotify has beenÂ battling a combined $150-200 million class action copyright infringement lawsuitÂ brought forward by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. Â Also, according to legal filings obtained by DMN, a Dutch photographer by the name of Dana Lixenberg is claimingÂ copyright infringement over an image of Notorious B.I.G. within the application.
These lawsuits are inevitably damaging the streaming platformâ€™sÂ reputation as a service, especially on the artist front: after non-stop copyright infringement lawsuits and unpaid royalties, artists may think twice about making their music available on the platform.
Beyond the reputation devaluation, thereâ€™s the cost factor: lawsuits cost a crap-ton of money, and takes cash away from critical investment pools. Â Which means, less features, less talented people, and fewer interesting ideas ahead. Â Thanks court system of America!