Per the terms of the Settlement Agreement, claim filing began on May 15, 2019. The Settlement Claims Webpage (“Claims Webpage”) is now operational and available for use by Settlement Class Members. Claim forms are also available for download from the website here.
Class Counsel encourages Settlement Class Members to file their claims through the Claims Webpage and utilize the services provided by the Settlement Claim Facilitator.
Royalty Review Council (“RRC”) is the third-party service provider retained by Class Counsel to act as the Settlement Claim Facilitator to assist Class Members with the completion and submission of a Claim Form.
Through the Settlement Claim Facilitator Webpage (“Portal”) developed by RRC, you can locate and identify tracks embodying works that were made available on Spotify’s service during the Class Period. You will also be able to search the US Copyright Office database to obtain the copyright registration numbers for those works needed to submit a claim.
You can access the Portal here.
Class Counsel strongly encourages you to utilize the Portal since it can greatly assist you in submitting a claim. You can compile and download the track and copyright information you need for your claim online through the Portal, and export a spreadsheet to upload with your claim back on this Settlement Claims Webpage.
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, claim filing will begin on May 15, 2019. The Settlement Claims Webpage (“Claims Webpage”) will become operational and available for use by Settlement Class Members on May 15, 2019. Claim forms will also be available for download from the website, and a link to the Settlement Claim Facilitator Webpage (“Facilitator Portal”) will be provided. Class Counsel encourages Settlement Class Members to file their claims through the Claims Webpage and utilize the services provided by the Settlement Claim Facilitator.
Three objector appeals filed on behalf of Andrew Paley, Tracy Silverman and Phynjuar Saunders (f/k/a Phynjuar Saunders-Thomas) were withdrawn with prejudice. Dismissals with prejudice of those appeals have been entered and can be viewed here.
Two objector groups, (1) Kristin Diable and Tamara Dearing and (2) Watson Music Group, LLC, DM Records, Inc. and Kingfish Music Group, Inc., had also filed appeals. The Second Circuit previously dismissed those appeals. These appeals have caused a delay in the availability of claim forms.
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.
There has been at least one appeal filed after the Court’s order was entered on May 22, 2018, therefore the Effective Date of the Settlement will be delayed until after all appeals of the Court’s order have been resolved.
On May 22, 2018, the Court entered an Order and Final Judgment Approving Class Action Settlement. If no appeals are filed, the Effective Date of the Settlement is June 22, 2018.
On February 13, 2018, the Court issued an Order establishing a supplemental exclusion period for certain individuals and entities which required an updated report describing the results of the supplemental exclusion period be provided to the Court by April 18, 2018. As explained in the Order issued on April 4, 2018, the Court is waiting to receive that supplemental exclusion report before issuing a decision regarding final approval of the settlement.
The Court held a fairness hearing on December 1, 2017 to determine whether to give final approval to the settlement and has now taken the matter under consideration.