Many Comedians who are fighting for the right to collect royalties on their written work have had their content removed from Spotify because of the company’s stance

by - – Comedy writers Jim Gaffigan and Kevin Hart are part of a group that is demanding compensation for the copyright on their jokes. Comedians, like singers, create material to amuse us, even if we don’t realize it at the time. Songwriters, on the other hand, get compensated financially for their effort, but comedians are not. Even though their work is popular on digital platforms, comedians are aiming to alter that in the era of streaming. The problem is that they’ve hit a “Spotify” wall.

The Wall Street Journal claimed on Saturday that Spotify has removed the work of hundreds of comedians, including well-known figures like John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, and Kevin Hart. For example, Spoken Giants is the rights business that represents Gaffigan, Gaffigan, Hart, Mulaney and many other comedians in their quest for royalty payments on the copyright for their written work to be paid by digital platforms like Spotify and SiriusXM.

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Sources tell the media source that Spoken Giants and Spotify had been in discussions, but they couldn’t agree on a deal. It was announced on Thanksgiving that all of the comedians represented by Spoken Giants will be removed off Spotify while the two parties worked out their differences.

A former executive of BMI, Spoken Giants CEO Jim King tells Gizmodo that the organization has a “clear framework” in place for discussing remuneration for comedy writers with digital service providers, digital platforms, and radio networks.. Instead of continuing conversations with individual comedians, Spotify erased their content, he alleged.

When it comes to the music industry, “composer royalties are a pretty fundamental income stream, so this is not an unknown notion, and our work is based on existing precedents and unambiguous copyright text,” King said. Individual comedians are now being punished for collectively asking the same remuneration that composers get after this debacle.”

According to King, Spoken Giants has tried to contact Spotify but hasn’t gotten a response. As a last note, he said that Spotify had been contacted by the firm and asked to meet right away to discuss the issue.

Comedy writers have been fighting for years to get paid for their work, but it seemed like a sudden movement since there was a lack of money in the system. Traditional media, such as radio, seldom included comedic content. That’s no longer the case thanks to the rise of digital channels. According to Spoken Giants, humor is now being aired “a lot” on these channels.

Gizmodo reports that Spoken Giants is challenging the rights of several licensors when Spotify pointed out that Spotify paid a “substantial amount of money” for the material that it took down. Currently, comedians are compensated for their time on stage by the label or distributor they work for. Aside from that, SoundExchange compensates them for digital performance royalties when their music is heard on a digital platform.

a Spotify representative stated, “Spotify has paid considerable sums of money for the material in issue, and would want to continue to do so”. Because Spoken Giants is arguing which rights different licensors have, it is essential that the labels distributing this material, Spotify and Spoken Giants join together to settle this problem.

For Spoken Giants and other rights groups, the Journal noted out, a major concern is where the royalty payments they are demanding will come from. With the belief that it had already paid out all of the royalties due, Spotify signed agreements with comedy record companies and distributors. A royalty on the writing has been requested by Spoken Giants. Spotify could either take part of the money it gives labels and distributors to compensate comedy writers, or it could simply pay the royalties on written content without affecting the other payments that it receives from these companies.

Something tells me that a higher price tag will be difficult to sell, given Spotify’s reluctance to pay greater royalties to publishers and composers.