As Tech companies across the US unite to fight President Trump’s immigration ban Spotify are the latest to come out to help fight the ban.
Whilst Spotify have refused to comment publicly on the new Trump administration’s early decision to ban certain immigrants they have pledged their allegiance to the numerous companies lobbying against Trump’s executive order.
Spotify join over 120 companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Snap, Microsoft, and Tesla, that have filed an amicus brief in the US Court of Appeals. Spotify are the only fully streaming service to currently have joined the brief however companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft have their own subsidiary streamers.
Whilst other streamers haven’t committed themselves to the brief, Pandora’s CEO Tim Westergren wrote to staff: “Immigration is not only core to our strength as a nation, it is central to everything we do as a company… Diversity makes us stronger. And the world of music is made richer by it.”
Indie music store Bandcamp also pledged their share of sales from last friday to the ACLU, but have not joined the brief. Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond said: “Last week’s executive order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.” Thanks to Bandcamp’s pledge their sales went up 550% compared to a regular Friday with fans buying more than $1 million.
The brief says: “Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries, and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies. America has long recognised the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining our fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants – through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country”