The American Dollar has accused the tech giant of not paying royalties.
Google has been hit with a lawsuit for copyright infringement by musician John Emanuele and his publishing company Yesh Music, the same parties that recently decided to sue Tidal.
As Music Business Worldwide reports, the lawsuit alleges that Google has been hosting the music of Emanuele’s band The American Dollar on its Google Play service without paying due royalties.
Emanuele and Yesh Music are seeking damages of between $750 and $30,000 for each composition that has been infringed, and up to $150,000 “for a willful infringement.”
The lawsuit is much the same as the one served to Jay Z’s Tidal service last week, which accused the streaming service of 116 instances of copyright infringement.
Tidal vehemently denied the allegations in a statement, saying it was up to date with all royalties and mechanical license payments, and that Cupolo and Emanuele should be chasing distributor Tunecore and the Harry Fox Agency.
The pair “are misinformed as to who, if anyone, owes royalty payments to them,” said Tidal, which also revealed that The American Dollar’s entire catalogue was “streamed fewer than 13,000 times” on the service over the past year.
The lawsuit is the latest extravagant court action from the pair, who sued the Lakewood Church for $3 million when they failed to renew a license on one of American Dollar’s songs. The case was later thrown out of court.
FACT has contacted Google for comment.