Ministry of Sound CEO Says Spotify is 'Dangerous'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.10.2013
The company is suing Spotify over compilation tracklistings...
The CEO of dance label Ministry of Sound has claimed that it is dangerous for labels to support Spotify's streaming service. As you may recall, the label has a lawsuit filed against Spotify over the service's refusal to delete users' playlists that duplicate tracklists of compilation albums. Ministry of Sound wants an injunction forcing Spotify to do so.
The label claims that even though Spotify has the rights to each of the songs, the tracklists themselves can be copyrighted due to "the skill and expertise required to assemble them."
CEO Lohan Presencer told Digital Spy when asked about whether Spotify was bad for new artists, "I wouldn't necessarily say that streaming is detrimental to new artists, but I question why the majors are so supportive of a business model that is so clearly unsustainable in the long term."
He continued, "Most worryingly it loses so much money and continues to lose money, and its losses are widening. That's not a sustainable business model. It's very dangerous, we believe, to support a service where there's no long-term prospect of it succeeding, but at the same time it also paints a picture for the consumer that music is free, which it isn't."