New Songwriter Class Actions Against Tidal and Slacker
Yesh’s case against Tidal is assigned to Judge Kimba M. Wood (who heard the Limewire case if memory serves and had an interesting encounter with one Fred Von Lohman when he worked for the Electronic Frontier Foundation). According to Entertainment Weekly, Tidal responded thusly:
“TIDAL is up to date on all royalties for the rights to the music stated in Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele’s claim and they are misinformed as to who, if anyone, owes royalty payments to them,” a TIDAL representative said in a statement to EW. “As Yesh Music, LLC admits in their claim, TIDAL has the rights to the Master Recordings through its distributor Tunecore and have paid Tunecore in full for such exploitations. Their dispute appears to be over the mechanical licenses, which we are also up to date on payments via Harry Fox Agency our administrator of mechanical royalties.”
The class action against Slacker is assigned to Judge Edward R. Korman. We haven’t found any news coverage on the Slacker class action.