From its battles against Apple to its lobbying around US royalty rates, Spotify is well and truly engaged in the policy world nowadays. Now it has a new exec with plenty of relevant experience in the US: former general counsel and associate register of copyrights at the US Copyright Office Regan Smith.
She has joined the streaming service as its head of public policy and government affairs, working with a growing team there. Smith had worked at the Copyright Office for nearly seven years, handling its regulation, litigation and other legal affairs, including being its “domestic lead on music and audiovisual statutory licensing matters”.
With the controversial appeal over the US Copyright Royalty Board’s new streaming rates yet to be resolved, Smith’s experience will certainly be useful for Spotify, although we suspect critics of the company’s appeal won’t be happy.
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