Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg is claiming copyright infringement over the use of her photo. She says that Spotify has committed copyright infringement by using her photograph of the late hip-hop star Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace and now she has officially filed her claim with the courts.


Spotify is a Swedish commercial music streaming, podcast, and video service that provides digital rights management–protected content from record labels and media companies.It is available in app form for most of the Americas, Western Europe, and Oceania. Music can be browsed or searched by artist, album, genre, playlist, or record label.With more than 75 million users spotify definitely reaches a large amount of people. Photographer Lixenberg headed to the courts and feels the streaming service

“Not content to solely rip off the musicians on whose backs Spotify has built an 8 billion dollar company, Spotify has expanded its efforts to also include ripping off photographers,”

states a complaint filed on Friday in California federal court by Dana Lixenberg, whose work was profiled last year by Time Magazine. According to the complaint, the image was supplied by All Media Network, which is named as a co-defendant in this action. In the picture above she claims the picture elements, composition, colors, arrangement, subject, lighting, angle, and overall appearance of the images are identical or at least substantially similar. She is suing for profits, statutory damages, costs and attorneys’ fees.