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In March 2016, musician David Lowery filed a class-action lawsuit against music streaming company Rhapsody International Inc., now known as Napster after their purchase of the older music service. The suit alleged Napster/Rhapsody had unlawfully reproduced and distributed certain copyrighted compositions by Lowery’s bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker via its streaming music service. Almost three years later, Lowery and his legal representation Michelman & Robinson, LLP settled the suit in January of this year.

Michelman & Robinson would like to inform independent musicians that this class action lawsuit is now open to them.

Information on how to submit a claim is in the firm’s notice below:


Attention indie musicians: Rhapsody International Inc. has agreed to pay $10 million to resolve claims that they failed to pay songwriters royalties for their streamed music. What this means is that you may be entitled to compensation.

If your work qualifies and was played on Rhapsody between March 7, 2013 and March 21, 2019, you can be paid up to $35 for each eligible song. All you need to do is submit a claim, which is relatively hassle-free. Go to www.rhapsodynoiclassaction.com for the details, and click the “Submit Claim” link to complete the simple form.

Don’t wait to do so—the deadline to file is December 31, 2019. Feel free to contact the Claims Administrator at (833) 253-8061 if you have any questions.