NMPA Demands Spotify Remove Unauthorized Copyrighted Material

May 16, 2024 – The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has recently taken action against Spotify, accusing the music streaming giant of utilizing copyrighted content from its members without proper authorization.

According to a letter shared by Billboard, Spotify has been hosting unlicensed musical works, including lyrics, videos, and podcasts.

The NMPA, which represents American music publishers and songwriters, has demanded that Spotify remove the unauthorized content to avoid facing “copyright liabilities.” The association emphasizes that despite Spotify’s mechanical and public performance licenses, the use of lyrics and music in videos and podcasts requires direct negotiation with rights holders.

In response to the allegations, a Spotify spokesperson dismissed the letter as a “sensationalized media stunt full of falsehoods and misdirections.” The streaming service also highlighted its commitment to compensating songwriters, stating that it paid out a record amount in 2023 and is on track to set a new record in 2024.

This development raises significant questions about copyright infringement in the digital age, where protecting intellectual property rights becomes increasingly complex. As the music industry continues to evolve, it remains crucial to ensure that artists and creators are fairly compensated for their work.

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