Will delete Saregama’s songs from the platform within 10 days, Spotify tells Delhi HC

Will delete Saregama’s songs from the platform within 10 days, Spotify tells Delhi HC

Aditi Singh

Audio streaming platform Spotify has undertaken before the Delhi High Court to delete all the works belonging to Indian Music Label Saregama India from its platform within 10 days.

The statement was made before a Single Judge Bench of Justice Jayant Nath. The Bench was hearing Saregama’s plea seeking to restrain Spotify from exploiting its songs or doing any act which would result in a violation of its intellectual property rights.

The Court was informed that Spotify had approached Saregama to get a license for streaming the latter company’s musical works on its platform. The negotiation talks between the parties also began and the terms of the license were discussed. Subsequently, on Spotify’s request, Saregama also provided copyright of its work a month prior to the launch of Spotify in India.

The license agreement, however, could not be finalized and Saregama requested Spotify to block all of its work on the app.

Before the High Court, the Swedish music streaming company submitted that it did not consider the litigation as an adversarial one. It thus undertook to delete Saregama’s content from its platform within 10 days from April 23. After recording that Spotify would be bound by its statement to take down the content, the Court listed the matter for May 5.

Saregama was represented by Senior Advocates P Chidambaram and CM Lall with Advocates Ankur Sangal, Sucheta Roy, Pragya Mishra and Shiva Tokas from Khaitan & Co.

Spotify was represented by Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya with Advocate PS Kharola and Bitika Sharma and Ruchika Wadhwa from Singh & Singh.

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