It is now illegal to play scratch music in Ireland, the country’s cultural and entertainment regulator announced on Thursday.
The decision was made in response to complaints by some artists, who said the music was a threat to the delicate balance of cultural expression and creativity.
A group of Irish artists had lodged a complaint with the regulator after discovering that Spotify had been playing the music without permission on their Spotify account.
The group argued that it is illegal for Spotify to play non-essential content that could harm the rights of others.
Spotify said that the decision was based on the “significant negative impact on artists” who had already suffered financially from streaming.
The music industry group the Recording Industry Association of Ireland (RIAI) said it would be taking legal action to overturn the decision.
The ruling is a huge blow for the music industry, which has faced a string of restrictions on online music, including the imposition of a five-year moratorium on all new streaming services and restrictions on access to paid streaming services.
Spotify has also faced accusations that it has unfairly limited access to some of its top songs.
The new ruling will likely have an impact on other streaming services, including Apple Music, which is also looking to take the legal battle to the Irish regulators.