Spotify faces legal action from Ministry of Sound
MoS is reported to be taking the action after the website failed to remove playlists which the former claimed mimic some of its compilations.
The dance music brand has begun proceedings in the UK High Court against the streaming service. The label is seeking an injunction meaning that Spotify will have to remove playlists which are too similar to its own compilations.
Lohan Presencer, MoS chief executive, told the Guardian: ‘It’s been incredibly frustrating: we think it’s been very clear what we’re arguing, but there has been a brick wall from Spotify
‘Everyone is talking about curation, but curation has been the cornerstone of our business for the last 20 years. If we don’t step up and take some action against a service and users that are dismissing our curation skills as just a list, that opens up the floodgates to anybody who wants to copy what a curator is doing.’
Spotify’s 24 million users (6m of which are paying subscribers) have created more than 1bn playlists since the website was set up.