Update: 99 problems and this ain’t one.
Tidal has responded to the lawsuit from musicians Richard Cupolo and John Emanuele in a statement sent to Fader, saying it is up to date with all royalties and mechanical license payments.
Tidal explained that it has the rights to the master recordings through its distributor Tunecore, and said Cupolo and Emanuele should instead have engaged with the Harry Fox Agency, which administrates mechanical license payments.
The pair “are misinformed as to who, if anyone, owes royalty payments to them,” said Tidal. “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.”
The American Dollar go after the rapper’s fledgling streaming service.
Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service has been faced with a class action lawsuit for reportedly not paying proper royalites to Richard Cupolo and John Emanuele, a duo that makes music under the name The American Dollar and licenses it through their company Yesh Music, LLC.
According to the lawsuit filed against Jay’s S. Carter Enterprises, Tidal and Tidal’s parent company Aspiro, Cupolo and Emanuele seek between $30,000 and $150,000 for each of the 116 copyright infringements they claim have been broken. They also claim they asked for their music to be removed from the service, but it has yet to. You can read the full lawsuit on Scribd.
Cupolo and Emanuele are no strangers to this behavior. In addition to suing Grooveshark, they also sued the Lakewood Church for $3 million when they failed to renew a license on one of American Dollar’s songs (though offered to renew). The case was thrown out of court.