The streaming service Spotify does not want to be looked at in the cards. They want to control the audience's perception of what they are doing, and not least what they have done in the past. Founders Martin Ek and Martin Lorentzon today like to talk about how an early interest in music was their driving force, but originally they worked with a file sharing service for all types of digital content, which was similar to the (illegal) file sharing service The Pirate Bay. Spotify was officially launched in 2008, but had been active for a couple of years already as a closed pirate network: Users uploaded music they had on their private PCs and shared it with the network.
In May 2017, Spotify's Legal Department sent a letter to the authors of this book regarding an ongoing research project they were involved in, called "Streaming Heritage: Following Files in Digital Music Distribution". Spotify claimed that the academics' project had broken the rules for using Spotify and pointed out that this could trigger a claim for compensation. It gradually emerged that Spotify had also tried to stop the financial support the project received from the Swedish Research Council.
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Spotify wants to control the use of Spotify, but does not want to stay. . .
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