Ferrick v. Spotify USA Inc.
www.SpotifyPublishingSettlement.com

Overview

IMPORTANT CASE UPDATES ADDED 12/3/2018 CAN BE FOUND HERE

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.

OVERVIEW OF THE PROPOSED 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 Court held a fairness hearing on December 1, 2017.

On May 22, 2018, the Court entered an Order and Final Judgment Approving Class Action Settlement. There have been five appeals filed after the Court's order was entered on May 22, 2018. Three of those five have been dismissed with prejudice. The last two appeals were previously dismissed, but remain subject to further Court review. Therefore, the Effective Date of the Settlement will be delayed until after all appeals of the Court's order are resolved.

The claim form will not be available and the claim submission process will not start until after the Effective Date. This website will be updated with the claim form and the deadline for submitting claims once that information is available. Class members may sign up for email notifications here. Please check the Case Status page for updates regarding appeals, the Effective Date and the Settlement Claims Start Date.

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.


YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT
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. The Settlement has been approved by the Court, and pending the outcome of appeals, if any, you may be entitled to 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 will be 210 days after the Settlement Claims Start Date, once established.
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 has expired.
Object Write to the Court about why you don't like the settlement. The deadline for objecting has expired.
Go to a Hearing Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement. The Court has already held a fairness hearing on December 1, 2017, and the time to object has expired.