Ministry of Sound And Spotify Settle Lawsuit
Last year, London label Ministry of Sound was suing the online music streaming service, Spotify, on copyright grounds. The reason behind this: users of Spotify could create playlists similar to compilations and mixes under Ministry’s label, and the label wanted to protect their work. When Spotify refused to take down the playlists in September, Ministry began legal proceedings.
Now in 2014, the two have been able to reach a settlement “on amicable terms” according to James Duffett-Smith, head of licensing business at Spotify. While a majority of the details are unknown, The Guardian has noted that playlists mirroring the various compilations will be deleted from Spotify’s search engine, but will not be removed entirely. Users will still be able to create their own Ministry playlists for personal usage. With this latest venture, it seems that even music compilation track listings are copyrighted work.
Read The Guardian’s original report here.