OVERVIEW OF THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT
On May 26, 2017, the parties entered into a settlement which resolves a class action lawsuit alleging that Spotify made certain musical compositions available on its service without a license. The two sides disagree about whether Spotify engaged in any wrongdoing and whether it is subject to any liability. The Court has not decided which side is right. To view the Settlement in its entirety click here.
On June 29, 2017 the Court issued an Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement. The Court held a fairness hearing on December 1, 2017.
On May 22, 2018, the Court entered an Order and Final Judgment Approving Class Action Settlement. There have been five appeals filed after the Court's order was entered on May 22, 2018.
On April 15, 2019, the Court’s order finally approving the settlement became the Final Order and Judgment. Since all appeals were dismissed and no certiorari petitions were filed after the last appeal was dismissed, the Effective Date is April 15, 2019.
Per the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the deadline to submit a settlement Claim Form elapsed on December 11, 2019. We are no longer able to accept new settlement Claim Forms. Per the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the Future Royalty Payments Program Website will become operational and available for use by Settlement Class Members on March 10, 2020. On that date, Royalty Claim Forms will also be available for download from the website, and a link to the Settlement Claim Facilitator Webpage will be provided. Class Counsel encourages Settlement Class Members to utilize the services provided by the Settlement Claim Facilitator.
Notice To National Music Publishers’ Association ("NMPA") Members
If you are an NMPA member and a party to a Participating Publisher Pending and Unmatched Usage Agreement entered into in 2016, in connection with the Pending and Unmatched Usage Agreement dated as of March 17, 2016 between Spotify and the NMPA, you are excluded from the Settlement Class. Please see the Settlement Notice for the complete list of exclusions from the Settlement Class.
Your rights—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained on this website and on the Settlement Notice.