Spotify receives copyright notice from music publishers

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Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming apps out there. The platform has received a notice from the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) regarding the violation of copyright laws. Additionally, it has been accused of using the content of artists and publishers without a license.

NMPA sends cease and desist letter to Spotify

The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) sent a cease and desist letter to the popular streaming platform. The letter accuses Spotify of using the content of the members of NMPS without proper licensing. Consequently, this action results in breaking the copyright laws

The organization demands that Spotify removea this unlicensed content from its platform as soon as possible. Moreover, it warns that if the music streaming platform doesn’t remove the content, it will have to face copyright liability for the continued use of this content.

Spotify may face challenges in the US after this copyright notice

The NMPA’s official letter to Spotify reads: “Spotify appears to be engaged in direct infringement by hosting unlicensed musical works in its lyrics, videos, and podcasts, as well as distributing unauthorized reproductions, synchronizations, displays, and derivative suits of these musical works to its users.” To make matters worse, Spotify profits from such violations.”

The National Music Publisher’s Association targets Spotify on many fronts. The association made it clear that it wants to end immoral practices of the music streaming platform. They did not specify the total number of unlicensed contents used by the platform; neither name a few of them. Moreover, the organization also blames the platform for using these contents to earn profit, which is illegal.

Spotify released its official statement on the letter sent by NMPA. It said “This letter is a press stunt with false and deceptive accusations. It’s an attempt to shift attention away from the Phono IV agreement, which the NMPA signed and celebrated in 2022. We paid a record amount to benefit songwriters in 2023, and we expect to exceed that amount in 2024. Spotify is a platform that hosts licensed content. We dedicate ourselves to maintaining the integrity of our platform. We have a clear framework in place for rights holders to contact Spotify about any music they believe is unlicensed.”

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