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Aimee Mann suing over digital song royalties

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Jul 23, 2013 | 4:31pm EDT

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann has filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit in a fight over digital song royalties. The Save Me star filed papers in California federal court on Monday (22Jul13), claiming that bosses at MediaNet, which provides over 22 million tracks to online music services such as Yahoo Music and Playlist.com, do not own the rights to around 120 of her songs, which they reportedly offer for streaming on the Internet. She alleges MediaNet executive's actions have cost her big in royalties and she is seeking up to $18 million (£12 million) in damages, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mann's lawsuit emerges just days after Radiohead star Thom Yorke pulled music from popular streaming service Spotify. In a number of tweets, his Atoms for Peace bandmate Nigel Godrich claimed the site was "bad for new music" as up-and-coming acts do not reap any benefit from their songs appearing on the site.

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