More than 5,000 indie artists sign petition demanding that Spotify restore their music

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Six days ago, Digital Music News was the first to report that Spotify had removed hundreds of thousands of independent tracks due to alleged “artificial stream” violations. Today, more than 5,000 independent artists have signed a petition (titled “Restore our music”) demanding that the platform restore the songs.

A musician reached out to DMN last week to share the unprecedented deletions, and that message sparked a flurry of reports of the horrific situation. First-hand emails, analysis from music industry lawyer Wallace Collins, a detailed breakdown of DistroKid, and social media posts written by frustrated creators suggest the overall song removal effort has had an impact on some 750,000 tracks.

Spotify appeared to explain the move in the “promotion” FAQ section of its Spotify resource for artists, stating in a response to a request: “Third-party promotional services that advertise streams in exchange for payment violate our terms and conditions, and their use could result in your music being removed from Spotify.” “

And DistroKid – in which Spotify has a “Passive minority investment” – launched a counter-notification form that its artists can use to appeal for the removal of their tracks. In addition, the CEO of the music distributor, Philip Kaplan, highlighted that “these withdrawals were independent of the distributors and affected the music of all distributors (not just DistroKid)” – which makes sense, given that DistroKid is by far one of the largest music distributors today .

Nonetheless, more than a number of artists claim that if they didn’t use a bogus streaming service, Spotify deleted their tracks anyway. Many of these people also signed the aforementioned petition, demanding that Spotify “restore our music”. About a week ago, Buffalo-based artist Dylan Toole released the petition, which had collected more than 5,100 signatures at the time of this article’s publication.

“I never used ‘fake streams’ with my singles and every single one of them got deleted,” commented one petitioner, “even those who get virtually no play, like 5 plays a month if I’m lucky. My music is gone! “

“They took my music away because they accused me of fake streams. I’ve never used fake streams in my life, ”commented another musician, explaining why he signed the petition.

It should also be noted that while some indie music remains offline on Spotify for alleged artificial streams, some of the affected tracks become available to fans again.

Dylan toole Love story with a cold heart was only listed in the ‘Artist’s Choice’ section last week, but has since been relisted under “albums”. Additionally, fans can currently stream any of the album’s nine tracks; only four of those songs were live six days ago.

On the other side of the coin, Manchester-based Heavy Salad provided a less than encouraging update on his situation this morning, via a tweet. “We are now in week 2 of our counterclaim against @SpotifyCares @Spotify for alleged fraud. We have not had any correspondence from @Spotify or @DistroKid.

Heavy salad Spotify site still doesn’t show any albums, and while the band previously had nine singles on the platform, the total has since dropped to seven.

More as it grows.



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