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Spotify complies with Turkey’s media watchdog’s orders. In order to be able to keep serving in the Turkish market, Spotify applies for a license. 

Online music streaming giant Spotify launched an application for an operating license in Turkey on Oct. 15, complying with the country’s media watchdog. “Four hours before the 72-hour period elapsed, Spotify made an official application to RTÜK for a license.” This statement came from İlhan Taşcı. He is, by the way, the RTÜK council member from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

Spotify has to get a license to keep serving in Turkey (Image Credit-bianet)
Spotify has to get a license to keep serving in Turkey (Image Credit-bianet)

Operating Application from Spotify

The music streaming giant initiated an application to obtain an operating license in Turkey on Oct. 15 in line with the country’s media watchdog’s orders. The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) released a statement on Oct. 12. So, the statement was giving Spotify 72 hours to make the application. Moreover, it adds that it will apply for an access ban if they don’t do so.

“Four hours before the 72-hour period elapsed, Spotify made an official application to RTÜK for a license.” İlhan Taşcı, the RTÜK council member from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), made the statement in a tweet.

Regulations for Digital Media Platforms in Turkey

Digital platforms are under the authority of RTÜK as part of a regulation that passed on Aug. 1, 2019. So, according to this regulation, broadcasting corporations can’t operate without getting licenses from RTÜK as part of the amendment. Streaming platforms, such as Netflix, BluTV, and Puhutv are also under the watchdog’s authority. As part of the regulations, the companies are forced to remove the content found inappropriate by RTÜK.

RTUK (Turkish media watchdog) warned Spotify for having a license (Image Credit-Daily Sabah)
RTUK (Turkish media watchdog) warned Spotify for having a license (Image Credit-Daily Sabah)

So, these kinds of news and regulations are raising fear as to free media and the existence of international media platforms in Turkey. Thus, Spotify’s entity in Turkey depends on whether their application will be confirmed or not in the following days.

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