British dance music label Ministry of Sound (MoS) has filed a lawsuit against Spotify. MoS claims that by hosting playlists that mimic tracklists on its collections, Spotify has violated UK copyright law.

The dance music record label sells collections like “The Sound of Dubstep Classics” and “Ibiza Annual 13.” MoS doesn’t own the music on the CDs it sells; it licenses them from others. However, the company is now arguing that its actual track listings are creative works worthy of copyright protection. It’s an extraordinary claim, not too different from claiming a copyright over something like a simple list of one’s own favorite songs. “What we do is a lot more than putting playlists together,” MoS CEO Lohan Presencer told The Guardian. “A lot of research goes into creating our compilation albums and the intellectual property involved in that. It’s not appropriate for someone to just cut and paste them.”     

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