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Universal Music Group stops music use on TikTok’s silent dance trend

Universal Music Group, one of the biggest players in the music industry, has stated that it couldn’t reach new deal terms with TikTok. The disagreements were mainly about how artists are paid and how TikTok uses AI. Universal Music accused TikTok of trying to push for a deal that was less favorable than before.

UMG mentioned that its existing agreement with TikTok is due to expire on January 31. It stated:

“The companies have not agreed to terms for a new agreement and upon expiration of the current agreement, Universal Music Group, including Universal Music Publishing Group, will cease licensing content to TikTok and TikTok Music services.”

If the deal actually ends, UMG is gonna yank its music from TikTok. That’s a big chunk of tunes gone, and for TikTok, that could be trouble. The app thrives on those catchy beats for its viral videos. Without a library full of popular music, creating those viral clips might get a bit tricky.

TikTok clapped back at UMG, saying, “It is sad and disappointing that Universal Music Group has put their own greed above the interests of their artists and songwriters.”

The social media thinks UMG has chosen to walk away from the powerful support of a platform with over a billion users that serves as a free promotional and discovery vehicle for their talent.

In a letter, the music company also referred to TikTok as “an increasingly influential platform with powerful technology and a massive worldwide user base.” However, UMG highlighted three key concerns: fair compensation for their artists and songwriters, safeguarding human artists from the negative impacts of AI, and ensuring online safety for TikTok users.

Talking about online safety, TikTok has been dealing with some issues lately. The state of Iowa threw a lawsuit at the company, claiming the app isn’t suitable for users under 17. Also, TikTok pulled a tool researchers used to study hashtag trends after facing criticism. This has added to the ongoing tension between social media platforms and researchers looking into topics like misinformation.

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