An ongoing lawsuit against giants Spinnin’ Records and Music All Stars had been filled by Martin Garrix in the summer of 2015. As of earlier this week, September 20, a judge at the Lelystad court in Netherlands has ruled his judgment in the favor of Garrix!
The lawsuit was based on the claims that Martin was “fooled” into signing the contracts with Spinnin’ Records and Music All Stars. He signed a record and management contract back in 2012 with the aforementioned parties. According to Garrix and his lawyers, there was a conflict of interest as both companies were run at that point by Eelko Van Kooten.
The judges at Lelystad court ruled in the favor of Garrix saying:
“During the talks in 2013 about renewing the production agreement with Spinnin’ Records, there has been conflict of interest due to the CEO’s double hats. Music All Stars had to take action at that time. For example, by assisting Garrix in the negotiations by an independent third party.”
Therefore, in the renegotiation of Spinnin’, the case maker was Music All Stars which negociated with Spinnin’ Records, both run by Eelko Van Kooten, so he practically negociated with himself.
This judgement comes as a huge victory for Martin Garrix. In addition to getting the rights to his music back he also gets the rights as a “phonogram producer” which means he has been given back the rights and masters to some of his biggest hits, including the break-through hit “Animals”.
Garrix mentioned in a statement that he is pleased with this outcome, not just for himself but also for all other DJs / Producers who might find themselves in the same position.