Anyone who records music on Spotify could be banned

Various programs allow you to record music from Spotify. But under certain circumstances you risk being banned!

In the last few weeks, users of Audials and other programs that allow them to record songs from Spotify at multiple speeds have received an email:
It says that you have violated the terms of use and that you will be banned from the service.

This is what the mail looks like:

The email about the block on Spotify

“Spotify has determined that your account was involved in improper use of the Spotify Service that violates the Terms of Use, including potentially improper content downloads. Therefore Spotify has blocked your access to the service. “

Anyone who believed that it might be a fake email was taught otherwise at the latest when Spotify was launched: In fact, it was no longer possible to log into the music service.

Several Spotify users who used the time-reducing recording function of the “Audials” program, which is occasionally offered free of charge by various sites in older versions, apparently received these emails on June 4th and July 8th.

The blocking is also being discussed in the Audials forum; the Audials support team reported about the blocking itself.

Not allowed by the terms of use, but not illegal

The Audials support team explains that, from a purely technical point of view, you don’t download the songs (as indicated in the mail), but that Spotify plays the songs and Audials records them.

This can normally not be checked by Spotify and is also legal, as both the German (§ 53, see HERE) and the Austrian (§ 42, see HERE) copyright law allows private copies of digital content from legal sources.

However, in the Spotify terms and conditions under Section 7 (User Guidelines), Point 1:

“The following is not permitted under any circumstances:
Copying, distributing, duplicating, “ripping”, recording […] from Spotify services or the content or parts thereof[…]“

The recording of the music involves recording or “ripping”, so you actually violate the Spotify terms and conditions, even if it is legal under the law.

As mentioned above, Spotify normally not notice. However, the blocked users used Audials’ quick recording function: The songs are played at up to 30 times the speed, but the recording then sounds normal.

Spotify probably noticed that some users were listening to many songs in a row in a very short time and blocked at least some of those users.

This is how you get your Spotify account back

If you are one of those affected whose account has been blocked, you do not need to set up a new e-mail address and register again.

According to Audials, it is sufficient to contact Spotify at the URL and to promise not to make any more “illegal downloads”. Several users confirmed that their account was then reactivated. It is also sufficient to write an email to Spotify (also works in German).

Audials also points out on their homepage that the high-speed recording function should no longer be used; instead, when recording, the songs should be played back at normal speed, as a recording of the music would then not be visible to Spotify.

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Further sources: Heise, DerStandard
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