Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ministry of Sound vs Spotify - and why it's interesting.

The case between the Ministry of Sound and Spotify is interesting.

In short, users of the spotify service have ordered legally paid for tunes, into a playlist that is identical to the Ministry of Sound compilations.  What you have here is a copyright issue on the playlist order.

What's interesting here is this:
If the court rules this is not a copyright infringement, this would hurt MoS sales, but if the court rules this is a copyright infringement, then just moving one song to a new location would constitute a brand new compilation?

If that's the case, then you can expect to see a lot of compilation albums becoming the base for a "plus one" style of compilation…. like taking a "Now that's what I call music" album and adding a few extra songs to make a totally legal new compilation called "Now that's what I really call music" for example.