Dec 15, 2023 3 min read

Setlist Podcast: Spotify’s about-turn on threats to quit Uruguay

Spotify’s change of heart on shutting down in Uruguay, the latest Easyjet lawsuit against a musician, and more

Setlist Podcast: Spotify’s about-turn on threats to quit Uruguay

On this week's show we discuss Spotify’s change of heart on shutting down in Uruguay, the latest easyJet lawsuit against a musician - this time PC Music-signed producer Easyfun - and more.

01: Spotify (00:04:45)
02: News in brief (00:13:37)
03: Easyfun (00:18:29)
(Timings may be slightly different due to adverts)


Spotify won’t exit Uruguay following clarification to new ER rule in copyright
Spotify will not now exit the Uruguayan market after the country’s government clarified that labels and distributors, not streaming services, will be responsible for new equitable remuneration payments for performers
easyGroup sues PC Music producer Easyfun
easyGroup has taken aim at another musician, this time PC Music signed producer Easyfun, accusing him of trademark infringement. This follows a similar case against the band Easy Life earlier this year


Music consumption at an all time high, IFPI reports, though “unlicensed music is still an issue”
Music consumption is at an all time high according to the latest ‘Engaging With Music’ report from the IFPI - although 29% of those who participated in the research still access music from unlicensed services, with stream-ripping platforms the most used piracy services
Music industry cautiously welcomes outcome of last week’s EU AI Act talks
German song rights society GEMA and global record industry trade group IFPI have both welcomed the outcome of last week’s negotiations around the EU AI Act, with key transparency obligations remaining in the latest draft
European Commission set to force changes to Apple’s rules around in-app payments
The European Commission is putting the finishing touches to a ruling on Apple’s App Store rules following the lengthy investigation that was instigated by a complaint by Spotify five years ago
Hipgnosis Songs Fund confirms sale of catalogue of “non-core songs”
The Hipgnosis Songs Fund has confirmed it has sold around 20,000 “non-core” songs in a $23.1 million deal - it acquired the works as part of its deal with Kobalt back in 2020
Vinyl sales of two 1980s classics may decide who is Christmas number one in 2023
The Pogues are set to release ‘Fairytale Of New York’ on seven-inch vinyl next week in a bid to get the song to Christmas number one for the first time. The only issue is that Wham! have had the same idea


Taylor Swift’s record breaking tour topped a billion dollars
Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour brought in over a billion this year, according to Pollstar, making it bigger than previous record-breaking tours by U2, Ed Sheeran and Elton John which all included many more performances
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