PEOPLE AREN’T GETTING PAID AFTER SPOTIFY’S $43.5 MILLION CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
September 25, 2020
Two years ago, independent songwriters and publishers agreed to a $43.5 million settlement with Spotify over unpaid mechanical licenses. Now, the payout process doesn’t seem to be working.
Back in 2017, Digital Music News broke the story that Spotify had agreed to settle Ferrick, et al. v. Spotify USA Inc., a massive copyright infringement lawsuit with independent songwriters and publishers. The out-of-court settlement allowed Spotify to close its case, avoid any claim of legal liability, and move on with its multi-billion-dollar public offering.
The settlement was officially signed by a federal judge in 2018. Now that the money is due in 2019, however, nobody seems to be getting paid. According to information shared this week with DMN, the class action payout process is now riddled with problems. Those include flat-out non-responses, major errors in matching ISRCs with actual recordings, and other logistical problems…