Jay Z and TIDAL hit with lawsuit over copyright infringement and underpayment of royalties.
The Jasmine Brand reports that musician John Emanuele has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Jay Z's S. Carter Enterprises and two other companies behind TIDAL due to what he claims is copyright infringement and underpayment of royalties.
According to Emanuele, TIDAL is illegally profiting off of artists' work by adding music from independent artists without licensing or receiving authorization from those artists.
“Ironically, when Defendant Carter purchased the Tidal Music Service in 2015, it claimed it would be the first streaming service to pay the artists. Different owner, same game,” Emanuele said, according to The Jasmine Brand.
Additionally, Emanuele claims that TIDAL underpaid royalties and has not provided artists with monthly accounting reports.
The $5 million Emanuele and his company, Yesh Music LLC are suing Jay Z and TIDAL for stems from the $150,000 they're seeking in damages per infringement.