Oct 25 (Reuters) – As corporations around the world including Adidas AG (ADSGn.DE) cut ties with Kanye West, music streaming service Spotify Technology SA(SPOT.N) said it would not remove the rapper’s music unless his label requested it.
Music from the artist now known as Ye did not violate anti-hate policies, Spotify chief Daniel Ek told Reuters.
Recent antisemitic remarks made by the rapper are “just awful comments,” and would have warranted removal from Spotify for violating its policies, which prohibit hate speech, if they had been on a podcast or recording, Ek said.
But none of that content can be found on Spotify.
“It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,” said Ek, adding, “It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.”
That has not happened.
Universal Music’s Def Jam label, which owns the copyright to West’s recordings from 2002 through