Ministry of Sound has filed a lawsuit against Spotify because the streaming service’s users are compiling playlists that mirror compilations from the global entertainment company.
Concerns were first raised last year when Ministry of Sound became aware of the inclusion of these playlists. The company notified Spotify and asked that they be removed, “but the music streaming service has repeatedly refused to take any action,” according to a press release.
Ministry of Sound is seeking a declaration that Spotify has infringed copyright, an injunction requiring Spotify to remove the playlists in question and to permanently exclude all playlists that copy MoS compilations from the streaming services.
The company is also seeking damages and costs.
“After several rounds of legal letters, this dispute will now be settled in court. We believe we have a clear cut case,” Ministry of Sound Group CEO Lohan Presencer.
"After 20 years and more than 50 million album sales, the value and creativity in our compilations are self-evident. We aim to ensure that our creativity is protected and respected.”