Spotify removes many comedians’ work from streaming platform over royalties dispute

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  • As the Wall Street Journal reports, Spotify shut down the work of hundreds of comedians over royalty and copyright disputes.
  • Spoken Giants, a global rights administration company, is leading a group of comedians who seek to claim royalties on their colloquial work.
  • Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, John Mulaney and Jim Gaffigan are among hundreds of comedians whose work was removed.

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Spotify removed the albums and works of hundreds of comedians from the streaming platform amid royalty and copyright disputes. The Wall Street Journal reported,

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Spoken Giants, a global rights administration company, is working with a group of high-profile comedians — including Tiffany Haddish, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart and John Mulaney — to negotiate the terms that would allow comics to see their work. Will allow the payment to be made upon payment. Platforms such as Spotify, SiriusXM, Pandora and YouTube, the Journal reported on Saturday.

According to the Journal, the comedian aims to collect royalties for “the underlying composition copyright of the speaking media”, the same way a songwriter would be paid for their music and lyrics.

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Spotify removed the comedian’s work from the streaming platform when the two groups met at a standoff.

According to a Spotify statement to CNBC, “Spotify has paid a significant amount of money for the content in question, and would love to continue to do so.” “However, given that Spoken Giants are disputing what rights the various licensors have, it is imperative that the labels that distribute this content, Spotify and Spoken Giants come together to address this issue.” To ensure that this content remains available to fans around the world.”

Read more about the talks in the Wall Street Journal.

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