Episode #30: Spotify's Unpaid Royalties

by The Future of What

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Could two multi-million dollar lawsuits be the downfall of one of music’s most popular streaming services? Earlier this year, two class-actions were brought against streaming giant Spotify by musicians David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The plaintiffs allege that Spotify knowingly distributes copyrighted material without obtaining the proper licenses. So what do these suits mean for musicians and the industry as a whole? We discuss with lead plaintiff Melissa Ferrick, lawyers Howell O’Rear and Chris Castle, and musician and music lawyer Christiane Kinney.

Melissa Ferrick (Musician)
Howell O'Rear (Attorney)
Chris Castle (Attorney)
Christiane Kinney (Attorney, Musician)

Delta 5 "Mind Your Own Business"
Melissa Ferrick "Careful"
Xiu Xiu "Boy Soprano"
Riddle The Sphinx "Judgement Day"


released February 13, 2016



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