Warner Music has filed for an injunction in the Bombay High Court demanding that Spotify be barred from streaming songs from Warner’s catalogue, reports Bloomberg. Spotify’s launch in India is impending as the service secured a deal with T-Series last month, and accidentally announced its Indian terms and conditions coming into effect on 31 January. However, with this development, the India launch could hit a roadblock. While Spotify and Warner Music have been talking for a while, Spotify has not inked a deal with Warner, and apparently, the companies haven't reached an agreement, reports The Verge. Spotify said that Warner "revoked a previously agreed-upon publishing license for reasons wholly unrelated to Spotify’s launch in India." In its filing for a statutory license to stream Warner Chappel Music (a division of Warner Music Group) in India, Spotify states that Warner Chappel had initially clarified that it was willing to grant Spotify a voluntary license for India, but that it suddenly and shortly prior to Spotify's planned India launch refused to grant the license “without providing any reasonable grounds whatsoever”. Spotify sent Warner a letter on February 19 stating that it was willing to continue negotiations. Loopholes in the Copyright Act Spotify turned to a provision of the Copyright Act 1957 which says that broadcasters can obtain a license for copyrighted work even if the copyright owner denies use. Warner Music has challenged this with an injunction arguing that Spotify is taking advantage of a law meant for traditional broadcasters - and not for…
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