Legal Battle Puts Tik Tok Songs at Risk

What would TikTok be without Harry Styles, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande? Well, we could soon find out as talks between the social media app and Universal Music Group (UMG) which the company describes as “the world’s leading music company” have collapsed.

In an open letter published on the UMG website, the company stated that they had been negotiating with TikTok regarding an ongoing partnership because their contracts expire today.

UMG said: “In contract renewal discussions, we have pressed them on three important issues—appropriate compensation for our artists and songwriters, protecting human artists from the harmful effects of AI, and online safety for TikTok users.”

UMG went on to say that the social media app pays UMG artists a rate ‘a fraction’ of the rate paid by large social platforms in similar locations. Highlighting how poorly compensated artists receive, UMG stated that TikTok accounts for around 1% of their revenue.

UMG as a corporation does not believe that this was unintentional. At the end of their letter, they said, “TikTok’s tactics are clear: to use the power of its platform to hurt vulnerable artists and try to intimidate us into admitting to a bad deal that belittles music and belittles artists and songwriters and their fans.

“We would never do that.”

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Artists who might leave TikTok

UMG actually controls about a third of the world’s music and the rights to some of the biggest songs on TikTok including songs by Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Adele, Taylor Swift, SZA, Miley Cyrus, BTS, and Harry Styles — all of whom have been hugely popular on the app for some time. last year.

According to BBC Newsround, if UMG decides to pull all its music from TikTok, it would be the first time Universal has removed its songs from the tech company’s platform.

TikTok’s response to Universal Music Group

In a statement on the platform itself, TikTok responded to UMG by saying, “It is sad and disappointing that Universal Music Group has put their greed before the interests of their artists and songwriters.”

“Despite Universal’s false narratives and rhetoric, the fact is they chose to abandon the strong support of a platform with more than one billion users that serves as a free means of promotion and discovery for their talent.”

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