News is telling us Spotify is being sued for allowing users to create playlists similar to song selections on compilation CDs. The lawsuit is based on a paragraph from American copyright legislation that says
"collection and assembling of preexisting materials or of data that are selected in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work."If the order in which intellectual property is sorted matters, then I suggest a new way to comfortably make a living:
- Create playlists to your heart’s content, and
- Sue everything that moves while claiming you thought of these playlists first and therefore own the intellectual property that is the playlist’s order.
Image: My son's playlist on Spotify. Consider yourself warned in case you dare come up with something even remotely similar!