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What? Spotify has no uploading features, all their content comes from licenseholders.

Strictly speaking that’s not quite true. A user can upload playlist covers and a text description for that playlist. Both the image and text could fall under copyright.

In 2013/2014 Ministry of Sound sued Spotify over not removing playlists based on Ministry compilations, created by Spotify’s users. Ministry claimed that its compilations qualified for copyright protection due to the selection and arrangement involved. [1] [2]

[1] - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/27/spotify-m... [2] - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/04/ministry-...

All the content on YouTube is nominally licensed too. But what happens when someone submits someone else's music without permission?

I could publish someone else's music as my own, on Spotify.

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