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


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


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





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

29 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.

    • Pam Litten says:

      How do you know weather Spotify played your song.

      ADMIN – Hi Pam,

      You can do a search, Spotify is searchable.

      • Jamesetta Wilkerson says:

        What is the hold up on the Spotify settlement. I know the fairness hearing was suppose tobe held on December 1st. When will the claim forms be ready?

        ADMIN – Hi Jamesetta,

        Contact the admin to ask.

      • Doug Belshe says:

        How can I determine which of my musical compositions, songs, lyrics etc were used by Spotify without my permission ?

        ADMIN – Hi Doug,

        You can reach out to the class action administrator or you can do a search for your own music on Spotify.

  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.

  7. stadadius hill says:

    I use that app alot

    ADMIN – Hi S,

    This is not for users, it is for authors.

  8. Donna T Hatcher says:

    I would like to know if the the courts have ruled in favor of the songwriters.for stauatory infringement of copyrights. The court date was December 1, 2017.. But the judge needed more time to give final ruling on the spotify settlement per songwriter..streams and DOWNLOADS.. many songwriters are not agreeing with the small amount that Spotify are offering to settlement. I ENCOURAGE ALL SONGWRITERS THAT ARE APART OF THIS SETTLEMENT TO TRY AND GET THE STAUATORY INFRINGEMENT. WHICH SHOULD BE $150, 000 per song, plus future ROYALITES.. this would be a fare settlement too all songwriters that their COPYRIGHTS. Would not be infringed upon. We have been VIOLATED and SPOTIFY IS A BILLION DOLLAR GIANT, THAT HAVE EATEN THE FRUIT OF SONGWRITERS LABOR.. THEY HAVE MADE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OFF OF SONGWRITERS NOW YHEY MUST PAY IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT.. POINT BLANK.. WHAT SHOULD THEY PAY? STAUATORY INFRINGEMENT FEE $150,000 PER SONG. AND FUTURE ROYALITES . WHOEVER’S IS READING THIS POST AND YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM, AND HAVE COPYRIGHT SONGS ON SPOTIFY.. THIS AMOUNT (STAUATORY INFRINGEMENT fee, IS WHAT YOU DESERVE AS SONGWRITERS

    ADMIN – Hi Donna,

    Sharing your comment so others can see your perspective as an author on this matter.

    • Donna T Hatcher says:

      Thank you for sharing..

    • Donna T Hatcher says:

      Thank you for sharing

    • Irving M J says:

      I have a question I received a Post Card from the court and decide to do nothing and be part of the class settlement if Judge Nathan decides to rule against the settlement do I have a chance to “OPT OUT” from the settlement the deadline for excluding yourself was September 12, 2017, unless you are one of the 435 Wixen Music clients subject to the Court’s December 15, 2017 Order. Can I OPT if Spotify is compel to amend the settlement or what about if the judge favor against it can I then sue Spotify after rejection. My nephew is an Attorney but not in that area plus I did not want to burden him with this plus I know infringement is very hard and complicated to prove and it could drag on for years but now that I have an idea of how many songs were infringed I recognize now I made a mistake 43.4 millions dollars is peanuts once they share it people that are in the class settlement will be very disappointed once they receive their pay I believe they will get less than five dollars to show for I knew this from the beginning and consider it to

      ADMIN – Hi Irving,

      You cannot opt out capriciously. You either opt out on deadline or you are in.

    • Irving Martinez says:

      Hi Donna, I don’t know if I still have the chance to OPT out because I did not exclude my self from the class action or submit an objection if when the Judge finally make a decision in favor of the settlement do I still have a chance to change my mind I agree with your post-Donna and one is probably questioning why I did not exclude my self when I had the chance to exclude my self from the settlement the reason was because I did not know the number of songs that were infringed but now I have an idea according to some of my sources claims that one of the attorneys gave an estimate of 300.000 songs after splitting the settlement each class member would receive 100 dollars this send the wrong message to the music industry that commiting copyright infridgement pays off. I receive a postcard and carefully to the time of reading it but I think I made a mistake in not excluding my self-proving copyright infringement is very difficult and it could take years before they make a decision do I still have time Donna.

  9. Larry Henderson says:

    So far there is no claim form to fill out, don’t understand why. Don’t know exactly what to do.

    ADMIN – Hi Larry,

    Sometimes settlements are in limbo pending the completion of certain requirements. Just keep checking.

  10. gerald laney says:

    i received two letters from spotify regarding NOI what does that mean ?

    ADMIN – Hi Gerald,

    Are you an author of music?

  11. Franklin L West says:

    My name is Franklin L West. Claimant # 9B2646086E. I would like to know the state of the lawsuit as one of my songs is directly involved. Is there anything I need to do. I have only recently returned to NY.

    ADMIN – Hi Franklin,

    You need to contact the class action administrator directly regarding this matter. Just scroll up to find their contact info.

  12. John L. Cotton says:

    I totally agree with Donna , on the INFRINGEMENT fee of $150,OOO.OO per song and royality. AS a songwriter we labor day and night writing these songs from the depth of our heart to minister to peopie through music. SO please treat us fairly and I thank you for fighting for us in this settlement.

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    I don’t know much about the value of royalties so I will refrain from giving an opinion.

  13. Charles Weidman says:

    I received five post cards. Does that mean Spotify infringed on five of my copyrighted compositions?

    ADMIN – Hi Charles,

    I don’t think that is the case, unless each card has a different claim number. I would suggest that you contact the class action administrator prior to filing.

  14. Melissa Mckinney says:

    What is the 6/29/2018
    About and they used my songs without asking me not right in my book my child get punished for taking without permission Melissa Mckinney

    ADMIN – Hi Melissa,

    Preliminary deadline to submit claims.

  15. Martha Sanders says:

    I was in court on December 1,2017, and I heard judge Nathan say she has not made a decision on this class action case of ferrick vs spotify. I heard both arguments. It seems that she is focusing more on a larger percentage of royalties to be paid to all song writers and we do qualify for that, it was a win win situation for us. All writer will receive this % heigh. I hold copyright certificates of proposed songs. And I know how many people sang my songs and how much money was made from the infringement’s of each one of my songs. I believe the Honorable Allison Nathan work on fairness. Sincerely, Martha Sanders. 02/27/2018

  16. Steven Artis Eversole says:

    I’m composer song writer Steven Artis Eversole I have three songs on Spottily since 2009 I believe.
    I never have received any royalties or payment for my songs or work I believed they were registered
    for world wide distribution.
    I received a Postcard to and I am certified copyright with the library of congress since 2008.
    Don’t really know what to do!

    ADMIN – Hi Steven,

    You can reach out to class counsel to obtain clarification

  17. John L. Cotton says:

    Hello this is John Cotton again asking about is there any update on the Judge final approval and his fairness decision on our behalf the songwriter to get our fair share concerning our music. Please let us know when the claim forms and music tracks database will be out on your website. i’m praying and trusting that everything will work out into our favor and yours too. Thank you for fighting for us the lawyers on this class action settlement once again we have the “Victory “.

    ADMIN Hi Mr. Cotton,

    I went to check the official website and I don’t see an update.

  18. Felix M.Pichardo says:

    l received 5 cards,with different claim numbers,and with different control numbers…how to know at what song you are refering to…and l do not have the Spotify track numbers,how do l get them.thank.

    ADMIN – Hi Felix,

    You will need to contact the class action administrator.

  19. Irving Martinez says:

    For those that take the time to read my replies, I like to add that if you became part of the settlement don’t believe everything you read I’ve followed this case and I am somewhat familiar with the case some class members might feel bad because they did n’t exclude them self from this class action and they feel that they made a mistake like my self you should not feel bad because you probably made the right decision in not excluding your self and this is why one should also consider that many of the top publishing companies have decided to sue Spotify the publishing company Wixen Music Publishing, which licenses music from about 200 artists, including Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, Missy Elliott, and Janis Joplin, is suing Spotify for $1.6 billion, this work on ones favor or more like for all your class members and this is why I say in your favor the more people bail out the better for because you get to keep more money this I also consider when I made my decision to not exclude my self plus there are many benefits of the settlement that looked very attracted so don’t feel bad just knowing that your work was recognized by the biggest streaming company should make you very proud and to recognize that your work is good enought to be among the best so keep on writting and composing good luck.

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