Spotify Copyright Violation Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

Spotify, the digital on-demand music service, is paying more than $43 million to settle a class action alleging it made available for streaming or limited downloading music for which it did not have rights or a license for use. The complaint alleged the company had violated copyright laws.

Docket Number:

1:16-cv-8412 (AJN)

Company: Spotify USA Inc.

Filing Deadline: June 3, 2019

Class Period: December 28, 2012 to June 29, 2017

Objection Deadline: September 12, 2017

Exclusion Deadline: September 12, 2017

Final Approval Hearing: December 1, 2017

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide at least a US Copyright registration or application number for the work(s) in question.


You may be eligible if

  • You are a person or entity who owns copyrights for music
  • For which a certificate of registration was applied for or issued on or before June 29, 2017
  • That was made available by Spotify, without a license, for interactive streaming and/or limited downloading 
  • Between December 28, 2012 and June 29, 2017.

You are not eligible if you are a party in a Participating Publisher Pending and Unmatched Usage Agreement entered into in 2016 in connection with the Pending and Unmatched Usage Agreement dated March 17, 2016 between Spotify and the National Music Publishers’ Association, or if you have agreed not to bring a claim against Spotify, or if you have already released Spotify from claims of copyright infringement covering the same works for interactive streaming or limited downloading during the above period.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Pro-rata share of net settlement fund. Final amount depends on number of streams compared to total number of streams in all claims. Partial owners will receive benefits in proportion to ownership share. Spotify will also pay ongoing royalties according to the settlement agreement. For more info, see the Notice at https://spotifypublishingsettlement.com/Content/Documents/LFN.pdf.

Total Settlement Amount: $43.45 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Gradstein & Marzano PC
Susman Godfrey LLP

Claim Form: Spotify Copyright Violation Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Ferrick, et al. v. Spotify USA Inc., et al.

Settlement Website: Spotify Copyright Violation Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Ferrick v. Spotify
c/o Epiq
P.O. Box 3560
Portland, OR 97208-3560

Tags: Copyright Infringement, Entertainment, Music