Spotify Copyright Owners Class Action Settlement
To be included in the settlement, you must be a member of the Settlement Class. To be in the Settlement Class, you must satisfy three requirements:
- First, you must be the owner of the copyright in a musical composition.
- Second, you or someone else must have applied for or received a certificate of registration from the United States Copyright Office on or before June 29, 2017.
- Third, Spotify must have made that musical composition available for interactive streaming and/or limited downloading without a license between December 28, 2012 and June 29, 2017.
Each class member’s share will be the percentage of the Net Settlement Fund equal to the number of streams of that class member’s claimed musical compositions divided by the total number of streams of all class members’ claimed musical works. In the event that a class member is only a partial owner of the copyright of a claimed musical work, that class member’s share will be discounted in accordance with that class member’s ownership stake.
Proof of Purchase
Ferrick V. Spotify US IncNo. 1:16-cv-8412 (AJN) United States District Court For The Southern District of New York
The plaintiffs are Melissa Ferrick, Jaco Pastorius, Inc., and Gerencia 360 Publishing, Inc. They allege that they own copyrights for which registration has been issued or applied for in musical compositions that Spotify made available for interactive streaming and/or limited downloading without a license, and that Spotify did so with respect to other musical compositions owned by others. The plaintiffs allege that Spotify is liable to the Settlement Class for copyright infringement in violation of 17 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq.
Spotify believes that plaintiffs’ factual and legal allegations in the lawsuit are incorrect and specifically denies any fault, wrongdoing, or liability to plaintiffs or the Settlement Class. In the lawsuit, Spotify has asserted defenses to the claims raised by plaintiffs.