Now for something completely different

When not fighting over marine or insurance or contract or transactions (!) or the like, your scribe takes outsized interest in the First Amendment and IP. Fun stuff. 

In that vein I pass along an excellent read on somebody else's problem: a $1.6 billion (!!) suit against Spotify for failure to send notice to songwriters that their songs are being used, as part of a compulsory license scheme. Payoff paragraph:

Legally speaking, the lawsuit isn’t about whether Spotify is supposed to pay “10.5% of revenue minus PRO payments” and whether it was willing to do so. It’s about whether it sent along a piece of paper to a songwriter’s last known address letting them know that they were going get paid. And because they supposedly didn’t, Wixen is asking for $150,000 in statutory damages per song. That’s an expensive piece of missing paper — totaled up, it’s why the lawsuit is for $1.6 billion.

The whole article is well worth a read.