Ministry of Sound and Spotify Settle Copyright and Competition Case

Image via Ministry of Sound
Image via Ministry of Sound

Last fall we reported that UK label/club/brand Ministry of Sound was suing international music streaming giant Spotify on copyright grounds. Ministry of Sound, a label that’s reputation has no doubt been built largely on the strength of their excellently curated DJ mixes and compilations, sued Spotify on the grounds that the streaming company had not done their due diligence to police user copyright infringement.

Now several months after the initial report, Ministry of Sound and Spotify have settled their differences. “Spotify and Ministry of Sound are pleased to have reached a resolution on amicable terms,” said James Duffett-Smith, head of licensing business affairs at Spotify. Billboard additionally reported, though no additional public details have been announced, “Terms are confidential, but the Guardian reports that the offending playlists will be deleted from Spotify’s search engine but not removed altogether. New users won’t be allowed to follow these playlists, but they won’t be stopped from creating new playlists for personal use that mirror MoS’ compilations.”  Interesting developments as the streaming wars continue.  No telling how this might affect future curation channels, except to say that Spotify might not be the giant ogre that the major labels make them out to be.

(Billboard)