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October 27, 2015IM -
Spotify Pulls Music After Nonpayment to Artists —On October 19, Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify after it failed to properly pay publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws. Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for, proving that their internal systems are inadequate.
“We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify,” says a Victory Records’ spokesperson in a statement issued October 20.
Spotify had sent Victory a document giving Spotify mechanical clearance to use the music. “We could not sign said document for a variety of reasons,” says the Victory spokesperson, explaining that it put them in direct violation of their agreement with music distribution service Audiam (www.audiam.com). “The issue of nonpayment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records’ artists.”