Victory Records issued a statement this week regarding their ongoing dispute with music streaming website Spotify. Apparently, the label’s entire catalogue was pulled from the site after royalties were not paid. According to U.S. copyright law, Spotify is accountable for the payment of royalties to artists when their music is streamed.
The issue of nonpayment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records’ artists. We understand your frustration with not being able to listen to the music you enjoy (and most pay for via subscription).
The bottom line is that artists and songwriters are not being paid and fans of Victory’s artists cannot listen to the music.
Thank you for your support and we remain hopeful that Spotify will do the right thing.