Do playlists qualify for copyright protection?
Ministry of Sound is a dance music entertainment business. They release albums, have an infamous nightclub, and throw giant parties.
Spotify users have been recreating Ministry of Sound (MoS) compilations via playlists. These playlists not only copied ‘official’ tracklistings, they also used official artwork and the Ministry of Sound name. The dance label sued Spotify after they failed to delete the playlists.
Now Ministry of Sound and Spotify have resolved their differences out of court.
The Guardian reports that Spotify will remove the questionable playlists from their search engine and disable the “follow” feature on them. The playlists themselves will not be deleted.
All of which means that the issue of copyright protection for playlists remains untested in the courts.