Digital subscription service Napster is being sued by an independent music publisher that claims the company has made available hundreds of songs without obtaining the necessary licenses or paying royalties.
MCS Music America, the U.S.-arm of the UK publisher, filed the suit against Napster in Nashville federal court, on Dec. 22. MCS confirmed the filing, but referred comment to its lawyer, who was not available for comment. Representatives from Napster also did not immediate return calls for comment.
According to the Nashville City Paper, MCS is seeking $150,000 in damages for each violation, both for streamed songs and downloads. The number of violations was not disclosed.