Spotify Deletes Content Made by Popular Comedians

Shari Lynn Kramer / 06 Dec 2021

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Spotify decided to remove the comedy content because of the royalties disputes. A lot of comedians now ask for additional royalty payments for their works. They wish to receive payment when their jokes appear on the radio or on popular social media like Spotify, Youtube, and others. They equate the situation with singers getting payments for their songs. 

The global rights company Spoken Giants, which represents some of the comedians whose content has been removed, tried to negotiate with Spotify. However, after this attempt, Spotify deleted a lot of content of popular comedians. Among them were John Mulaney, Kevin Hart, and Tiffany Haddish. The list of affected jokers is large, and most of them will face losses when their works disappear from Spotify. This platform seems to increase the audience to up to 400 million users at the end of December. Although, it’s still not clear what will happen after their resolution about comedian content. 

Spoken Giants reported that comedians usually get payments from their distributors or labels. It allows platforms to display their works. Though it looks like a fair exchange, in reality, jokers are not paid for the particular content they made. Spoken Giants strives to solve this issue. Some platforms might not be ready to admit the property rights of comedians. 

Spotify has already paid a large amount to post a particular content on their service and would like to continue sharing comedians’ works. Spoken Giants asked Spotify to discuss this issue at the meeting. The date of negotiations is still unknown, as well as how long the content will be missing on the platform. You can still watch it on other services like Pandora and SiriusXM. Who do you think is right in this situation? Leave a comment and describe your position in the section below.

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