To dance in a new order

Club and record label the Ministry of Sound is suing online music service Spotify over its failure to remove Spotify users' playlists, which reproduce the sequence of tracks on MoS compilation albums.

The individual tracks are, as we understand it, licensed to Spotify, in most or all cases from other labels. The case appears to hinge on the MoS' "database right" in the compilation: surely, also, the DJ or whoever is responsible for selection of the compilation has a moral right to protect the integrity of their work?

This issue may become relevant to written works as they move into the digital sphere: will books become compilations of chapters? Newspapers and magazines are of course compilations of articles, but the sequence is not generally held to be very important: will many newspaper and magazine articles themselves become compilations of "update" postings?

Some of the glut of reporting:

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