The Swedish music streaming app, Spotify, will leave Uruguay starting February next year and will gradually begin to stop providing services starting January 1, 2024 due to the approval of the two articles in the Accountability that do not favor it.
Spotify announced that starting next year it will begin to gradually stop providing services – “Given the lack of clarity about the changes in copyright laws included in the Accountability Law 2023 […], Spotify Unfortunately, it will begin to gradually eliminate its service in Uruguay as of January 1, 2024 and completely cease the service in February, to the detriment of artists and fans,” states the application’s statement.
“Spotify already pays about 70% of every dollar it generates from music to the record labels and editors, owners of music rights, and those who represent and pay artists and composers. “Any additional payments would make our business unsustainable,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the statement concludes that these changes could force Spotify to pay twice for the same music would make our business of connecting artists and fans unsustainable. For this reason, they assured that “unfortunately it leaves us no choice but to stop being available in Uruguay”.
The controversial articles
The modifications that were proposed in the rendering of accounts for which he claims Spotify have to do with two articles: 284 and 285. The first is based on the addition of the social networks and the internet like other formats by which, if a song is reproduced, the performer has the right to a economic remuneration.
On the other hand, the modification of article 285 proposes that “the agreements entered into authors, composers, performers, directors and screenwriters regarding their power of public communication and making phonograms and audiovisual recordings available to the public” have the right to fair and equitable remuneration.