Spotify, the world’s leading music streaming service, has been the subject of several lawsuits over the years. The most recent lawsuit was filed by music producer Jake Noch and his company, Sosa, in November 2019.
The lawsuit alleged that Spotify had “manually blanket-banned” the tracks associated with the 550 million streams, and then “deliberately and maliciously blacklisted from its platform the Plaintiffs and their founder, Jake Noch, along with each and every single artist, composer, and writer associated with the Plaintiffs.”
Noch and Sosa argued that Spotify had violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by blocking their music from its platform. They also claimed that Spotify had “unlawfully interfered with their business and contractual relationships with other music streaming services.”
In response, Spotify denied the allegations and argued that it had not violated the DMCA. It also argued that it had not interfered with Noch and Sosa’s business or contractual relationships with other streaming services.
The lawsuit is still ongoing, and it remains to be seen how it will be resolved. However, it is clear that the case has the potential to have a significant impact on the music streaming industry.
If Noch and Sosa are successful in their lawsuit, it could lead to other music producers and streaming services filing similar lawsuits against Spotify. It could also lead to changes in the way that Spotify operates, as well as the way that other streaming services operate.
Regardless of the outcome of the lawsuit, it is clear that it has already had an impact on the music streaming industry. It has highlighted the need for streaming services to be more transparent about their practices and to ensure that they are not engaging in any activities that could be considered anti-competitive.