El-P Calls Out Spotify for Failing to Protect Artists from Fraud

El-P of Run the Jewels
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El-P of Run the Jewels performs onstage at Staples Center on March 14, 2018 in Los Angeles.

After a fan on Twitter pointed out that music by another artist was appearing on the El-P page on Spotify, the Run the Jewels rapper called out the streaming service over the weekend (Oct. 19) for failing to protect musicians from fraud.   

"No matter how many times I pay my lawyer to take them down, Spotify just doesn’t care enough to not let other people upload songs to my page or my albums, that I own to theirs,” he wrote. “What I mean is I regularly have to send take down notices not only for people using my name for their music and it appearing on my artist page but for people uploading my albums to their page and assumedly having my money diverted to them until we catch it."   

He also noted that he spends hundreds of dollars a month in legal fees to get music uploaded fraudulently to Spotify under his name taken down. "For those that don’t know, the rules Spotify have set forth are as follows: if someone uploads music in your name to your page or your music to theirs fraudulently your only recourse is to issue a takedown by a lawyer,” he tweeted. “Spotify doesn’t help. This happens to me almost monthly.”

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