EDM entertainment group Ministry of Sound is suing Spotify for copyright infringement, claiming that the music streaming service is replicating its playlists. Ministry of Sound has been a huge force in the dance community for its compilations since the 1990s, while Spotify was valued at over 3 billion dollars last year in its attempt to change the way the world listens to music.
In a recent article written for The Guardian, chief executive of Ministry of Sound, Lohan Presencer explained, "Until now, we've watched Spotify's progress from a distance. But we can no longer remain silent. This so-called savoir of the industry and enemy of the pirates is allowing our compilations to be used without permission, and refusing to take action when told about the problem." He also added that he has been asking the service to remove the playlists, some even containing the "Ministry of Sound" name in them, since 2012, but has not gotten any response. "It's been incredibly frustrating," said Presencer, we think it's been very clear what we're arguing, but there has been a brick wall from Spotify."
The case could set the industry standard for all future compilation albums with a landmark decision on the copyright protection of the market research and professional experience utilized in assembling these collections. Presencer argues, "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 copy and paste them." Spotify's position was, again, a 'brick wall.' They declined to comment.
It is time to tear down that 'brick' wall.