Spotify Wins Approval for $43M Songwriter Settlement

By Bill Donahue (May 23, 2018, 2:42 PM EDT) -- Spotify has won final approval for a $43 million class action settlement over unpaid royalties to songwriters, the kind of liability that streaming services hope to avoid via a major copyright bill that's pending in Congress.

The agreement, announced last spring and approved Tuesday by a federal judge, resolves claims that Spotify chose "systemic" infringement rather than following procedures to pay so-called mechanical royalties, which go to songwriters and publishers when a song is reproduced.

Under the terms of the deal, Spotify will pay songwriters $43.45 million for past royalties, as well as commit to pay ongoing royalties that are valued...

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