Ministry of Idiots sue Spotify because Playlists exist

Ministry of Sound hat Spotisfy verklagt, weil User dort Playlisten anlegen können und damit auch die Tracklists ihrer furchtbaren Compilations nachbauen können. Ministry Of Sound verlangt damit ein Copyright auf seine Tracklists. Das englische Recht erlaubt anscheinend Urheberrecht auf solche Tracklists, zumindest gab es mal ein Urteil in der Richtung. Schon lange keinen solchen Copyright-Bullshit gehört.

Ministry of Sound, the well-known nightclub/record label in London that puts together various compilations of dance music is suing Spotify, claiming copyright infringement in a case that will fascinate copyright fanatics. This one goes a few layers deep, so stick with it: MoS is not suing because the music on Spotify is unauthorized. Nor is it suing because of anything that Spotify itself did. Rather, it’s suing because some users of Spotify have put together and published “playlists” (a feature found on pretty much any music playing software ever) that mimic some of the compilations that MoS has released.

Again, the music itself is all legally authorized and licensed to be on Spotify. The complaint from MoS is merely that some Spotify users have put them together in the same order. And this is somehow an outrage and copyright infringement: „Chief executive Lohan Presencer claims that his company has been asking Spotify to remove the playlists – some of which include ‘Ministry of Sound’ in their titles – since 2012. ‘It’s been incredibly frustrating: we think it’s been very clear what we’re arguing, but there has been a brick wall from Spotify,’ said Presencer.

Techdirt: Label Sues Spotify Because Some Of Its Users Create Playlists Of Authorized Music In The Same Order It Did
Guardian: Ministry of Sound: ‘It is time that Spotify’s actions are held to account’