After a long and drawn out legal battle, this morning a Dutch judge awarded Martin Garrix the rights to all of his music released on Spinnin’ Records. The lawsuit, which began in 2015, alleged that Spinnin’ and MusicAllStars acted improperly when trying to sign Martin Garrix as a client. Martin and his dad claimed they were “fooled” into signing away the contract in 2012 and renewing it in 2013. Garrix’s lawyer also argued that Martin and his dad were bullied into signing the contract. He also argued that the contract was a conflict of interest because both companies are owned by Eelko van Kooten who he alleges told Martin and his dad that the combination deal was their only option if he wanted to sign with them.
The judge sided with Martin Garrix stating that Kooten could have avoided all of this if he had brought in a 3rd party arbitrator instead of MusicAllStars because both companies only cared about Kooten’s best interests and not Martin’s. Now Martin has been awarded the rights to some of his biggest hits like “Animals” and others. Here’s what Martin had to say about the ruling:
“I am happy with this outcome not only for myself but also for all other DJ’s/producers out there, since this case was not only about me, but about all of us artists”
While still young, this decision could have far reaching implications for artists that are signed to management companies and record labels that are owned by the person.