Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify For Copyright Infringement
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.04.2013
Over their playlists...
The Guardian reports that Ministry of Sound is suing Spotify for copyright infringement because Spotify has refused to delete users' playlists that "copy" the track lists from their compilation albums. They want an injunction against the service to remove the playlists and block any future playlists that try to copy the order of their compilations. They filed the paperwork at the UK High Court on Monday.
Ministry of Sound's chief executive Lohan Presencer said: "It's been incredibly frustrating: we think it's been very clear what we're arguing, but there has been a brick wall from Spotify."
Spotify has the rights to stream the songs on all of the playlists, but Ministry of Sound is arguing that the running order of its albums can be copyrighted due to the skill it takes to put them together.
Presencer added: "What we do is a lot more than putting playlists together: a lot of research goes into creating our compilation albums, and the intellectual property involved in that. It's not appropriate for someone to just cut and paste them. Everyone is talking about curation, but curation has been the cornerstone of our business for the last 20 years."
Spotify has received the lawsuit, but has not commented.
Ministry of Sound released its first compilation album, The Annual in 1995. Since then, the independent label has sold over fifty million albums and singles worldwide.