Last month, Martin Garrix sued Spinnin' Records following his departure from the label in August, alleging that he was misled into signing over the rights to his music as a seventeen-year-old newcomer to the industry. Backed by the legal muscle of Scooter Braun's SB Projects, Martin Garrix was prepared to fight for ownership of his music.
Fortunately, this lengthy legal battle has been averted, and Martin Garrix has released a statement announcing that he has settled his dispute with Spinnin' Records. The deal sees ownership rights reverting to Garrix, who will then offer a time-limited exclusive license to Spinnin' Records so they can continue to benefit from the songs for now.
However, Garrix also says that other unresolved issues remain for which settlement negotiations continue. If these issues cannot be solved, we can surely expect this lawsuit to continue. Still, the return of ownership rights to Martin Garrix is a positive step in bringing this legal action to a full close.
Here is Garrix's full statement:
I hereby inform you that I have withdrawn the summary proceedings against Spinnin Records (kort geding) of 3 December 2015.
As a result of further negotiations, Spinnin Records has transferred ownership rights of my music back to me, which was the main goal of the summary proceedings. I will grant Spinnin Records an exclusive license (for a limited period) for the tracks that were released by Spinnin Records until August 2015.
The remaining differences of opinion between parties will most probably be subject of further legal proceedings. In the meantime parties will keep trying to resolve this matter amicably.