Ferrick v. Spotify USA Inc.



If you are the owner of a copyright that has been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office (or for which an application for registration has been filed) for a musical composition that Spotify USA Inc. (“Spotify”) made available for interactive streaming and/or limited downloading between December 28, 2012 and June 29, 2017, and you contend that Spotify did so without a license, you might be eligible to receive benefits from a class action settlement.


On May 26, 2017, the parties entered into a settlement which resolves a class action lawsuit alleging that Spotify made certain musical compositions available on its service without a license. The two sides disagree about whether Spotify engaged in any wrongdoing and whether it is subject to any liability. The court has not decided which side is right. To view the Settlement in its entirety click here.

On June 29, 2017 the Court issued an Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement. The Settlement Class will receive the relief only if the court grants final approval and after any appeals are resolved in favor of the settlement.

The court held a fairness hearing on December 1, 2017. On February 13, 2018, the Court issued an Order establishing a supplemental exclusion period for certain individuals and entities which required an updated report describing the results of the supplemental exclusion period be provided to the Court by April 18, 2018. As explained in the Order issued on April 4, 2018, the Court is waiting to receive that supplemental exclusion report before issuing a decision regarding final approval of the settlement. Please check the Case Status page for further updates.

The claim form will not be available until the Court approves the settlement. For more details please click here.

Your rights—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained on this website and on the Settlement Notice.

Notice To National Music Publishers’ Association ("NMPA") Members

If you are an NMPA member and a party to a Participating Publisher Pending and Unmatched Usage Agreement entered into in 2016, in connection with the Pending and Unmatched Usage Agreement dated as of March 17, 2016 between Spotify and the NMPA, you are excluded from the Settlement Class. Please see the Settlement Notice for the complete list of exclusions from the Settlement Class.

Remain in the Settlement Class and Submit a Claim Form to Receive Payment By doing nothing, you remain part of the Settlement Class, and do not need to take any immediate action. If the Settlement is approved, you may receive the benefits of the Settlement— including a payment from the Settlement Fund and future royalties—if you submit a claim and it is valid, complete, and timely submitted.

You will need to visit this website at a later date to complete and submit a claim form. At that time, this website will include a database of Spotify tracks to assist the submission of Claim Forms by Settlement Class Members. The deadline to submit a claim is 210 days after the Settlement Claims Start Date.
Exclude Yourself Get no benefit and avoid being bound by the settlement. This is the only option that allows you ever to be part of a different lawsuit against Spotify concerning the legal claims in this case. The deadline for excluding yourself was September 12, 2017, unless you are one of the 435 Wixen Music clients subject to the Court’s December 15, 2017 Order.
Object Write to the court about why you don’t like the settlement. The deadline for objecting was September 12, 2017.
Go to a Hearing Ask to speak in court about the fairness of the settlement. The court held a fairness hearing on December 1, 2017.