Should Compilation Albums Be Protected By Copyright?

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A court case has emerged in which Ministry of Sound London (you know those shitty dance/techno compilations) is suing Spotify for allowing it’s compilation albums to be copied in the form of a Spotify playlist which anyone with an account can create.

The facts of the situation are; Spotify has legal access to the same tracks that Ministry of Sound feature on their shitty expensive discs, but Ministry of Sound are suing because people can copy and paste their playlists for the subscription price of a Spotify account.

The situation to me is ridiculous. Does adding tracks in the same order as a CD for sale constitute copyright infringement? If it does, then surely there are prior art loopholes anyway. Like music charts, the iTunes music chart and more.

Supposedly a lot of research and development goes into producing the track list of a Ministry of Sound CD, which is nothing more than an over-glorified compilation of popular charting shitty doof doof tracks.

Any idiot who listens to the radio could create his own compilation CD and it would closely resemble a MoS CD. You could take a dump on some sheets of newspaper and it would closely resemble a Ministry of Sound compilation CD.

Hopefully nothing comes of this court case because if it does, if you’ve created a playlist that resembles a compilation CD, then look out because it will spark a massive gold rush on court cases.