Writer James Shotwell pointed out [via Vulture] that C.K. has forced audiences to start using Yondr pouches to secure their phones in bags while he performs. That's a standard practice, but C.K. added a clause suggesting that audiences aren't allowed to quote his work for any reason.
Louis CK is performing in Minneapolis soon, and the comedy club sent out a notice because he doesn't post tour dates anymore. In addition to adding YONDR pouches to his gigs, he also requires them to share this copyright notice that I have never before seen a comedian share/post pic.twitter.com/ya8mqwXPE0— James Shotwell (@jamesdshotwell) May 4, 2019
I understand YONDR pouches. I support them, in fact.— James Shotwell (@jamesdshotwell) May 4, 2019
But I...I don't think you can legally stop someone from tweeting something you said during a live performance.
Like so much of his attempted comeback, there's been plenty of backlash to this latest move by C.K. Read some tweets on the matter below.
It's hard to avoid rubbernecking Louis CK's "barely announced shows with insanely strict rules in secondary markets" career. It's a pathetic, narcissistic career with material that's 100% hack and he doesn't need to do it at all.— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) May 5, 2019
louis ck doesn't want people recording his shows without prior consent which i guess means it's okay to do it as long as u give a half-assed pseudo-apology a decade or so later https://t.co/gaKDjSPjxH— your pal andy (@andylevy) May 5, 2019
Oh! So now Louis CK cares about consent👌🏾 https://t.co/hoIqDZZO0e— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) May 5, 2019
Wow. This is the notice that Louis CK sends out for his shows now. I understand and support banning recording (and making people put their phones in those pouches) but how do you legally stop people from quoting your jokes? pic.twitter.com/wySdZCFCwC— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) May 5, 2019