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. Three of those five have been dismissed with prejudice. The last two appeals were previously dismissed, but remain subject to further Court review. Therefore, the Effective Date of the Settlement will be delayed until after all appeals of the Court's order are resolved.
The claim form will not be available and the claim submission process will not start until after the Effective Date. This website will be updated with the claim form and the deadline for submitting claims once that information is available. Class members may sign up for email notifications here. Please check the Case Status page for updates regarding appeals, the Effective Date and the Settlement Claims Start Date.
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.