Ministry of Sound turns to Wiggin to launch suit against Spotify

Music streaming service Spotify has brought in Taylor Wessing to help defend a database copyright claim levelled at it by dance music label Ministry of Sound (MoS).

The case was launched at the High Court on Monday. The MoS has instructed Wiggin partner Simon Baggs to lead the case. Baggs has instructed Maitland Chambers’ Edmund Cullen QC as counsel.

Spotify has brought in Taylor Wessing’s head of trademarks, copyright and media Niri Shan to defend the case. Counsel is yet to be instructed.

According to the MoS, Spotify had infringed its trademarks because it made available playlists that were identical to those put out on MoS compilation albums. The company said it launched the case after Spotify refused to take any action to prevent the duplication. It argues that the law protects the expertise and creative effort involved in creating compilation albums.

It is seeking an injunction to force Spotify to remove the playlists in contention and to permanently exclude from the service all playlists which appear to be copies of MoS compilations. The Ministry also wants a declaration that Spotify has infringed the copyright.

Spotify is yet to file defence of the claim at the court.