Hip-hop streaming and discovery platform Spinrilla will officially shut down after years of legal battle over copyright infringement and pay major labels $50 million.
Judge Amy Totenberg recently approved an offer of judgment from Atlanta-based Spinrilla, against which the Big Three (backed by the RIAA) had filed a lawsuit in early 2017 over popular audio recordings copyrighted by the majors, the original complaint said.
Furthermore, although the defendants knew this, they allowed “the infringing activities to continue unabated,” the filing parties alleged. Despite these clearly worded allegations and the better part of a decade that has passed since the courtroom confrontation began, Spinrilla’s website was still operational at the time of writing.
But it seems that will change sooner rather than later, as the above ruling (which received media spotlight in a report by TorrentFreak and came ahead of a scheduled trial) has permanently barred Spinrilla from “anywhere in the world”. to operate.
The ruling extends to the platform’s employees, executives and even “any person or entity hosting servers through which the service operates”, covering Spinrilla itself and any “substantially similar” offerings. (Some Spinrilla executives have indicated on LinkedIn that their time with the company ended only this month, and it’s unclear exactly how the ruling will affect their other ventures in the industry.)
Spinrilla is also expected to have to transfer its domain name to the majors, the legal document says, even outlining the steps “all registrars and registrars for the domain” must take if the defendants fail to comply with the ruling.
As of this writing, neither Spinrilla nor its founder appear to have publicly commented on the judgment or the related $50 million payment. (Taking into account the number of works allegedly infringed, Spinrilla could have been ordered to pay approximately $612 million had the case gone to court.)
However, the apparently popular service currently has over 160,000 Facebook followers, almost 200,000 Twitter followers and around 61,000 Instagram followers, as well as around 342,000 App Store reviews and over 10 million Play Store downloads, according to the relevant profiles and pages.
Towards the end of 2022, BMG, Concord, and Universal Music called Altice USA in a more than $1 billion breach of contract claiming that the New York City-based ISP “deliberately turned a blind eye to the violations of its subscribers.” Irrespective of this, a hearing date for the year 2024 was set in the copyright dispute between Epidemic Sound and Meta.