Sanford Michelman

Sanford Michelman Interviewed on Inspirery

Sanford MichelmanInspirery is a interview website “where entrepreneurs all over the world [can] tell their stories: how they started, what challenges they face, and how they are successfully marketing themselves.” Today, Insirery published an interview with Sanford Michelman about his hiring practices:

To what degree do you keep your finger on the pulse of hiring for your ventures? 

Internally, I am directly involved with hiring at the C-Suite and Senior Management level, and trust that those individuals will be smart, savvy and resourceful in filling other positions at the Firm. I also keep up on the latest issues that impact hiring—whether it’s having a handle on the millennial mindset or being cognizant of diversity issues. Externally, it’s important to know what’s trending in the industries we service. For example, is an industry going more tech-heavy? Or, outsourcing more? It’s good to have a 360 degree vantage point on hiring trends when you run a law firm.

Read the entire interview

More Coverage of the Spotify Class Action Lawsuit

Yesterday we blogged about the widespread coverage of David Lowery’s class action lawsuit against Spotify for releasing copyrighted material without first obtaining proper licenses from artists. We followed up that post with an All Things Considered NPR piece on the subject. Much more has been written on the Spotify lawsuit over the last day including the following articles that quote Sanford Michelman:

Washington Post

CNN Money

Beacon Examiner

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UPI

UPDATE:

CNBC

Chicago Tribune

Sanford Michelman Representing Musician In Class Action Against Spotify

music notesMichelman & Robinson, LLP filed a $150 Million class action against Spotify over unpaid royalties on behalf of musician David Lowery of the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. The suite alleges that Spotify unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted material without first obtaining mechanical licenses. According to Courthouse News Service, Lowery “seeks class certification, an injunction preventing Spotify from infringing on copyrighted works, restitution, and compensatory and statutory damages.” CNS also quotes Sanford Michelman, the lead attorney for the class, stating:

“I hope that Spotify acts in a corporately reasonable manner. These individuals – especially songwriters – put their hearts and souls in their works.”

Read more about the case at the:

New York Times

Rolling Stone

Hollywood Reporter 

Billboard

The Guardian

Daily Mail

Huffington Post

Buzzfeed

UPDATE: NPR adds additional color to the story including the following:

“Lowery’s lawyer, Sanford Michelman, says Spotify may owe tens of millions of dollars not just in unpaid royalties but for copyright infringement, which can run as high as 150-thousand dollars per violation.”

Sanford quoted by Reuters:

Hanna’s co-lead counsel, Sanford Michelman, said Spotify typically negotiates royalty amounts in advance with top artists who have the resources to defend their work, but is less diligent about tracking down the license holders of music by lesser-known or independent artists.

“This is fundamentally wrong for the entire industry,” he said. “Spotify shouldn’t be playing ‘catch me if you can.’ (Lowery) has raised his hand and said ‘I’m going to stop this.'”

CNN Money is on the case:

Lawyer Sanford Michelman, who’s representing Lowery in court, said that putting money aside to pay out royalties later is a clear indication Spotify knowingly violated copyright law. He said those have to be paid via contracts hashed out before copyrighted work is used.

“It’s like saying, ‘We know we’ve taken these people’s work, we’ve never made an attempt to find them, but we know we’re playing something without the proper license,” he said.

Mega-stars like Taylor Swift and Adele are among the artists who have kept some music off Spotify. Some have criticized streaming services for cutting into industry profits by weakening album sales and offering small royalty payments.

But Michelman said the plaintiffs in this case were never contacted by the streaming service for a contract, and therefore have not received any royalties at all. He said it’s just like “stealing a car” off the lot.