Over the weekend, TIDAL, their parent company Aspiro and Jay Z were all named in a lawsuit by Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele from the band, The American Dollar, for $5 million. In their claim, they say that TIDAL streamed 116 of their copyrighted songs, and have yet to pay the proper royalty payments on them.
The group’s lawyer, Richard Garbarini, says they only just received the first royalty check this past November, and they undercut the money owed by as much as 35%. It also says they’ve been asking to have their music removed for months, to no avail.
TIDAL has now responded, and they’re in no way, shape or form here for the drama:
“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. 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 entire catalogue in question streamed fewer than 13,000 times on TIDAL and its predecessor over the past year. We have now removed all music associated with Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele from the service. This is the first we have heard of this dispute and Yesh Music, LLC should be engaging Harry Fox Agency if they believe they are owed the royalties claimed. They especially should not be naming S Carter Enterprises, LLC, which has nothing to do with Tidal. This claim serves as nothing other than a perfect example of why America needs Tort reform.”
Talk about it, TIDAL!