Spotify spits the dummy over Uruguay music royalties stoush

Elliott Bledsoe
4 min readNov 21, 2023


Spotify pulling out of Uruguay is bad for the whole music industry but it also fails to address the need for greater transparency along the royalty payment pathway.

Overnight Spotify made a statement that it would begin phasing out its service in Uruguay from 1 January next year in response to copyright reform to introduce ‘equitable remuneration’ for local musicians. According to Billboard and others, the Spotify service will close in Uruguay by February 2024. Obviously such action is bad for…