Spotify and Ministry of Sound reach out-of-court settlement over playlists

28 Feb 2014

Music-streaming player Spotify and dance music label Ministry of Sound have reached an amicable out-of-court settlement in a legal battle over music playlists.

In September, Ministry of Sound sued music-streaming service Spotify for allegedly refusing to delete users’ playlists that mirror its compilation albums.

The dance label also sought an injunction against Spotify to ensure it permanently blocks playlists that copy its compilations.

The case sets an interesting precedent for music services that let users create playlists insofar as while the music was licensed, playlists/compilations were not.

“Ministry of Sound welcomes Spotify’s willingness to work together to reach an agreement,” the dance label’s chief executive Lohan Presencer stated.

It is understood Spotify in the coming weeks will remove the offending playlists and block users from following them.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years