Class Eligibility

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.

Estimated Amount

Varies

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

N/A

Case Name

Ferrick V. Spotify US Inc
No. 1:16-cv-8412 (AJN)
United States District Court For The Southern District of New York

Case Summary

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.

Settlement Pool

$43,450,000

Deadline

06/29/18

Contact


Ferrick v. Spotify
c/o GCG
PO Box 10371
Dublin, Ohio 43017-5571
info@SpotifyPublishingSettlement.com
1 (855) 474-3853

8 responses to “Spotify Copyright Owners Class Action Settlement”

  1. Suelema P Ramos says:

    Can you please explain to me in layman’s terms so I can have a better understanding thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Suelema,

    If you wrote a song and the intellectual property belongs to you because you registered the song as yours (copyrights). If said song was played by Spotify without your permission you are a class member.

  2. Jo Graf says:

    did not recieve my code I moved recently

    ADMIN – Hi Jo,

    This is not a code-based settlement. Please refer to the terms.

  3. Betty C. Evans says:

    I would like some answers concerning the case the young lady brought against Spotify since I do own songs with copyright. I was sent a post card.

    ADMIN – Hi Betty,

    I encourage you to reach out to the class action admin.

    • Betty C. Evans says:

      Thank you very much, other than the post card I have no Idea how I am considered to be a part of this class action suit. since I write Gospel songs. however I will get in touch with the admin. of the suit.

      ADMIN – Hi Betty,

      If you don’t get a hold of the admin try class counsel.

  4. Fran Williams says:

    I received a post card with code numbers. I am 1/3 owner of the song. Our song was made public June 28, 2011. When will benefits be available?? Fran

    ADMIN – Hi Fran,

    Settlements are paid once the deadline has passed and all appeals have cleared.

  5. John L.Cotton says:

    I went on the website to fill out my Spotify Publishing Settlement Class Action claim forms online but it wasn”t there. Can you give me the information online where to go at so that i can fill it out on time before the deadline. Thank You.

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    It looks like they have not yet loaded the claim form. If you don’t see loaded soon please contact the class action admin.

  6. justin letlow says:

    Spotify recorded my song called Chewed Up.The band The Bleeding Gums are selling my song on line. Please call me at 541 480 1373.

    ADMIN – Hi Justin,

    We are not the class action administrators or class counsel. You need to contact them directly if you have a concern. Otherwise just file your claim as instructed.

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