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Comedy albums pulled from Spotify :sadface:

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  • Spotify has pulled a number of comedy albums from its service, after claims they weren’t licensed correctly. Meanwhile, Jeff Price has announced a $3.5m investment round for his Word Collections company, which “focuses on getting comedians and other spoken word performers paid for the use of their works for the first time”.

    • Jeff Price will be interviewed for Podland later this week.
  • YouTube video creators had 729 million copyright claims in the first half of the year, almost all automated. There were 2.2m mistaken copyright claims, overturned on appeal by the creator. (The number of incorrect copyright claims that creators didn’t bother trying to appeal, or didn’t know how to, is unknown)

  • Podtrac has published their top podcast publishers for November. Total global downloads for the top 20 podcasters were flat, the company says, both month-over-month and year-over-year. iHeartRadio is still #1 for podcasts; it measures participating publishers only.

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