‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ was on the service for three days before anyone at the company noticed.
You shouldn’t be able to find any of Taylor Swift’s music on Spotify, but one of her tracks reappeared on the service last week – unfortunately attributed to UK band Lostprophets, formerly the band of convicted paedophile Ian Watkins.
The song in question, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ – taken from Swift’s 2012 album Red – had been up for three days by the time it was spotted by The Guardian on Monday morning (December 7).
Though the track was attributed to Lostprophets, it also linked to Swift’s artist page. As The Guardian notes, the Lostprophets-attributed version has been on the internet since it was uploaded to YouTube by user Jared Brown in October, though it’s not clear how it ended up being delivered to Spotify.
Taylor Swift's I Knew You Were Trouble is appearing on the Lost Prophets artist page as a new release pic.twitter.com/UaBhEUTiB0
— Elena Cresci (@elenacresci) December 7, 2015
The song was pulled by Spotify after The Guardian contacted the company for comment, but not before it was screengrabbed, together with the track’s bespoke artwork – a screenshot of Canadian cartoon Scaredy Squirrel. Spotify issued a statement blaming a content provider, saying:
“The track in question was delivered to us by a provider, whose responsibility it is to ensure that content delivered to Spotify is fully licensed and in compliance with our Infringement Policy. We take the integrity of our catalogue very seriously, and will immediately remove any content that is found to be incorrectly licensed or attributed to the incorrect artist or composer.
“The track was taken down as soon as it was discovered (3 days after it was delivered), and we will be taking the matter further with the provider who delivered this track.”