Since their meteoric rise to become one of the world's largest music distributors—now trailing only behind YouTube—SoundCloud has recently become the target of a bevy of criticisms for their increasingly stringent enforcement of copyright laws. These changes are affecting DJs in particular, who have been grappling with deleted mixes and account strikes more in the past year than ever before. With mounting pressure from third-party mega labels as well as a rapidly expanding number of community members, SoundCloud has found themselves in a serious bind: avoid the inevitable lawsuits while alienating a large chunk of content creators, or keep members happy while subjecting themselves to serious financial loss.
As disaffected community members can attest to, the platform has adopted the first approach almost exclusively. In the wake of these tensions, Spotify has announced a deal with mixed-audio distribution service Dubset in order to mitigate many of the problems that SoundCloud hasn't been able to work through. In theory, the deal will satisfy users and artists with a significantly more stable platform while putting disgruntled labels at ease with a more organized system of compensation.
Pat Shah, head of original content licensing at Spotify, explained, "We look forward to working with Dubset and the biggest and best DJs in the world to continue to lead the industry by providing our consumers with the best content available in the market.”