Lewis Black asks Spotify to remove his comedy

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Comedian Lewis Black has asked Spotify to remove his work to support fellow comedians.

Black made a request after Spotify pulled down hundreds of comedy albums on November 24th A dispute is going on between the Speaking Giants and Word Collection led to a controversy regarding comedians also earning royalties for their written work. Unlike musicians, comedians do not earn royalties for their work.

“I am in no way representing all of the comedians on Spotify, but I believe they should all be paid for the writing they have done and not just for performing what they have written. , Black told TIME in a recent statement.

“It took a long time for comedy to be recognized as an art form. Therefore, Spotify should realize that a joke is as powerful as the lyrics of a song they pay for. “

Tiffany Haddish, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart and John Mulaney are just a few of the comedians who have been dropped. Black said since his Grammy-nominated 2020 album Thanks for Risking Your Life wasn’t removed in the purge, he’s actively working to get it removed from Spotify.

“Since I haven’t taken off yet, I want to, because it’s wrong that I’m on the platform and a lot of people aren’t. I don’t need the money nor contact, but please put all the comedians back on your platform and sit down and find a way to pay us what we owe for the words that made you laugh. Yes, a joke is intellectual property”.

Spotify says a solution rests on the shoulders of the Speaking Giants.

“It is imperative that the labels that distribute this content work together to address this issue to ensure this content remains available to fans globally,” a Spotify spokesperson said. But those streaming royalties are a pain for comedians — just as they are for musicians and song writers.

Comedian Kyle Kinane tweeted His online income, shows an average of about $2,000 a month. “And the graph shows my money from all streaming, not just Spotify and Pandora,” he explains. “I average $2ka a month from my entire portfolio.”

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/12/13/lewis-black-asks-spotify-to-remove-comedy/ Lewis Black asks Spotify to remove his comedy

Caroline Bleakley

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