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Ministry of Sound Settles with Spotify

Posted in Digital, Learning Zone, News, Playlist by Generator on Wednesday 5th of March 2014

Ministry of Sound and Spotify have reportedly reached an amicable agreement following a High Court dust-up over user-generated playlists. Ministry issued legal proceedings after claiming that various playlist were identical in branding and content to their own compilation albums and therefore in breach of copyright.

It's understood and reported by The Guardian that Spotify will remove the offending playlists from its search engine, and stop new users from “following” them but playlists will not be deleted.

In possibly the least bombastic press statement ever released, James Duffett-Smith, Head of Licensing Business Affairs at Spotify said: “Spotify and Ministry of Sound are pleased to have reached a resolution on amicable terms”.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Ministry and Spotify are exactly walking hand in hand- many of the label’s releases including London Grammar’s recent hit album ‘If you wait’ aren’t available for streaming on the platform.

Following Jazz Summers of Big Life recent talk on artist development for Generator at Roundhouse Rising, The Gen understands this to be at least partially a management led staggered release strategy (Summer’s company Big Life manages London Grammar). The approach is that iTunes and physical releases are the equivalent of a cinema release with Spotify as the eventual TV version, complete with dodgy adverts- Interestingly, this approach was also adopted this week by Wild Beasts for Top ten album ‘Present Tense’.