Jay Z's TIDAL has had quite the kick off over the past year, hosting Philadelphia's Made In America festival, TIDAL X 10/20 and exclusive listens to supreme acts like Rihanna and Kanye West. Today they're facing a bit of a problem, as a lawsuit has been aimed towards the company for issues of copyright and royalties.
John Emanuele and Yesh Music LLC are the ones at battle, claiming 118 songs from Yesh Music (specifically songs by the band The American Dollar) are available to be streamed via TIDAL... but that neither the band nor Yesh Music gave them permission for the songs. They also argue no royalties were paid for any of the streams gained from the songs available.
Read the full legal document here
The total costs are around $5 million, which isn't that much of an issue for Jay Z. However, reputation builds and it strikes the question -- is this happening to others unknowingly?
"Other accusations in the suit include TIDAL carefully and knowingly underpaying royalties to some artists by miscalculating their per-stream royalty rates, and then failing to provide monthly accounting reports for their earned royalties."
TIDAL, nor any other defendants have made a statement.