Independent record label Victory Records has had its catalog of music pulled from streaming music service Spotify as a result of what Victory claims is “Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records‘ artists in blatant violation of U.S. copyright laws.”
According to Victory, Spotify hasn’t paid publishing royalties to songwriters and composers related to thousands of recordings that U.S.-based Spotify users have listened to a total of 53 million times in the last few years.
Said Victory in a statement: “Late yesterday (Mon. Oct. 19) Spotify sent over a document giving them mechanical clearance to use our music. We could not sign said document for a variety of reasons, most importantly that it would put us in direct violation of our agreement with Audiam. Spotify knows we are in business with Audiam and were essentially asking us to breach/ignore that agreement. Continue reading »