Spotify Pulls Content of Comedians Fighting to Get Royalties

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Although some of us may forget because we are too busy to laugh, Comedians, like songwriters, write content to entertain us. However, there is a difference: songwriters get paid royalties for their written work, Comedians don’t do that. In the age of runaway comedians They hope to change that, especially given the popularity of their content on Digital platforms. butHey, I just hit a wall called Spotify.

Spotify has removed the work of hundreds of comedians, including big names like John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart, The Wall Street Journal reported, in a. Saturday. He represents Mulaney, Gavegan, Hart and other comedians Spoken Giants, a global rights firm spearheading the fight for radio and Digital platforms, such as Spotify, SiriusXM, Pandora, and YouTube, to make copyright payments to comedians over the copyright of their written work.

According to the outlet, the streaming giant was in negotiations with Spoken Giants but was unable to come to an agreement. On Thanksgiving, Spotify told Spoken Giants that it would pull all the work of comedians the organization represents until they come to an understanding.

Spoken Giants CEO Jim King, a former CEO of music rights firm BMI, told Gizmodo in a statement that the company has a “clear process” for engaging with digital service providers, digital and radio platforms to discuss compensation. for comedy book. Unfortunately, Spotify has removed the work of individual comedians Instead of continuing negotiations.

“In music, songwriters’ equity is a very primary source of revenue, so this is not an uncommon concept and our work is based on well-established precedents and clear copyright language,” King said. “With this removal, individual comedians are now being penalized for collectively claiming the same compensation as songwriters.”

King said Spoken Giants contacted Spotify after it removed its members’ work but did not receive a response. He added that the company had requested an immediate meeting with Spotify to resolve the situation.

If it seems like the fight to pay comic writers for their work has come Without warning, suddenly, suddenly, that’s because for a long time There was not much money to collect. Comedies were not generally played on traditional sources, such as radio. With the advent of digital platforms, that has changed. Comedies are now played “a lot” on these platforms, to me Spoken Giants.

After noting that Spotify paid a “significant amount” of money for the removed content, a company spokesperson told Gizmodo that Spoken Giants had disputed the rights of various licensors. Comedians are currently paid as artists through posters or distributors. In addition, digital performance royalties are paid to them by SoundExchange when their work is run on a digital platform.

“Spotify has paid significant amounts of money for the content in question, and I’d love to see it continue,” a Spotify spokesperson said. “However, as Spoken Giants contest the rights held by various licensors, it is imperative that the brands that distribute this content, Spotify, and Spoken Giants come together to resolve this issue to ensure this content remains accessible to fans around the world.”

The magazine noted that the big issue is where the royalty payments demanded by Spoken Giants and other rights organizations will come from. Spotify made deals with stand-up comedian labels and distributors believing that they already covered all the royalties that needed to be paid. He says now the giants speak Need To pay a royalty for writing. There seem to be two options: Spotify may take some of the money it payss and distributors to pay comic writers, or it can pay royalties on written work without prejudice to other payments.

Consider Spotify’s resistance to Pay higher rates For publishers and songwriters, something tells me that a higher price would be hard to sell.

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