The American Dollar’s copyright crusade continues.

The parties responsible for recent lawsuits against Tidal and Google have also taken action against Microsoft.

Musician John Emanuele of The American Dollar and his publishing company Yesh Music accused Microsoft of copyright infringement through its Xbox Music service (now rebranded as Groove Music) in a complaint filed in November 2015.

According to Digital Music News, Microsoft has since settled out of court for undisclosed terms, suggesting the case hinged around mechanical licenses that allow the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material.

The Microsoft lawsuit is the third from The American Dollar and Yesh Music to come to light this week, having served lawsuits to both Tidal and Google also alleging copyright infringement.

Tidal has denied any wrongdoing in the case, saying the plaintiffs “are misinformed as to who, if anyone, owes royalty payments to them.” Google has yet to issue a statement.

The band has previously gone after Grooveshark and the Lakewood Church, which they sued for $3m when it failed to renew a license on one of their songs. The case was later thrown out of court.

FACT has contacted Microsoft for comment.



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