Two years ago, independent songwriters and publishers agreed to a $43.5 million settlement with Spotify over unpaid mechanical licenses. Now, the payout process doesn’t seem to be working.
Back in 2017, Digital Music News broke the story that Spotify had agreed to settle Ferrick, et al. v. Spotify USA Inc., a massive copyright infringement lawsuit with independent songwriters and publishers. The out-of-court settlement allowed Spotify to close its case, avoid any claim of legal liability, and move on with its multi-billion-dollar public offering.