Kevin Hurt and fellow Comedians lose out on SpotifyThe giant Tec spotify normally tend to operate selectively interms of who to take or what qualityThe problem … apparently, a ton of these comics have teamed up with an org called Spoken Giants — which has been reaching out to companies like Spotify, YouTube, SiriusXM, Pandora and others to demand they pay an additional chunk of change for a comedians’ written joke.
Basically, most comics only get paid as performers by their labels and/or distributors … as opposed to being able to double dip as composers/writers of the works as well, like songwriters do. That’s what Spoken Giants is fighting for — but Spotify won’t play ball.
Unclear how many albums they’ve taken down in total, but it looks like it’s quite a bit — because the above-mentioned comics’ Spotify pages look pretty bare, especially TH … who doesn’t have a single comedy album on her profile anymore … only one-off singles.
The criteria for which albums stay and which don’t isn’t exactly laid out either — but in any case, SG is pissed on behalf of the comedians (none of whom appear to have personally spoken out about this, BTW) … telling WSJ, Spotify hurt their bottom line with the move.
Meanwhile, Spotify says … “Spotify has paid significant amounts of money for the content in question, and would love to continue to do so.”They add, “However, given that Spoken Giants is disputing what rights various licensors have, it’s imperative that the labels that distribute this content, Spotify and Spoken Giants come together to resolve this issue to ensure this content remains available to fans around the globe.”Hopefully the Giant Spotify will pardon the Comic’s requests