“Tidal for all” is looking more like “Tidal for some” if you ask Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele from the band, the American Dollar.
For, despite launching the streaming service as an answer to artists’ cry for underpayment by streaming’s major players, Jay’s effort is being met with a $5 million class action suit from plaintiffs (listed above) who allege Tidal streamed over 100 of their copyrighted songs without paying back any royalty payments in the process.
Also listing Tidal’s parent company, Aspiro, among those with whom the grievance is filed, the news quickly made its way to the corporation’s headquarters. Wasting no time, tuck in below to read their response:
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. (thanks to Complex)