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Warning: Not All Music Metadata Is Created Equal

  • Earlier this month, the music industry experienced this damage firsthand from an unsuspecting source, when photographer Dana Lixenberg sued Spotify and All Media Network for copyright infringement. According to the court filing and to sources familiar with the case, an unknown user made Lixenberg’s photo of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. available to All Media Network’s metadata provider, Rovi, who then provided the photo to Spotify for use on Notorious B.I.G.’s artist page. “Not content to solely rip off the musicians on whose backs Spotify has built an 8 billion dollar company, Spotify has expanded its efforts to also include ripping off photographers,” states the complaint.


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