Spotify grows D.C. footprint

By Tony Romm
08/12/2016 12:17 PM EDT

 

Spotify is still trying to turn up the volume in Washington.

 

In its latest lobbying growth spurt, the music-streaming company in August hired another firm – Crossroads Strategies – to focus on issues around licensing, copyright and antitrust, according to a disclosure filed this week.

 

For more than a year, Spotify has tried to convince regulators in both the United States and Europe that one of its biggest competitors in music streaming – Apple – has stifled competition. Spotify specifically has taken issue with Apple’s practice of taking a cut of all subscriptions sold through the iPhone giant’s App Store.

 

Spotify opened the doors on a permanent, in-house lobbing operation in April, and it’s so far spent about $450,000 talking to regulators in Washington this year, federal records show.

 

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