Music Industry

If someone rips off your music on Spotify, what can you do? Asking for a friend.

This showed up in my inbox from Aaron this week. A musician friend has a problem. I quote from her Facebook post.

“Hello FB friends. Does anyone know how to track down contact info for someone listed as an “artist” on Spotify?  There is an individual going by the name of Douglas Dillon who has not so lovingly decided to release MY former band Anti-Hero’s album, Unpretty under his own name as the artist which has removed me as the actual publisher/owner of the rights. Good times.”

Here are my questions:

  • If you’re an artist, have you faced this kind of theft before?
  • If so, what would be the best way to deal with it?

I’m assuming that our friend has already reported the copyright infringement to Spotify with all the appropriate proof of ownership. But what about all the other platforms?

Please leave any advice in the comments.

Alan Cross

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