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By David C Lowery, Universal Music | In 2020 I observed that with my catalog TikTok had uploaded my work to their “sounds” tab without licenses for the composition. This means they are not protected by the DMCA safe harbor. I assume they did this to many many other artists. It was not my day to keep the platforms…

Here’s the statement from Universal explaining in an open letter from Lucian Grainge why they are leaving TikTok.

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An Open Letter to the Artist and Songwriter Community – Why We Must Call Time Out on TikTok

Our core mission is simple: to help our artists and songwriters attain their greatest creative and commercial potential. To achieve these goals, our teams employ their expertise and passion to strike deals with partners all around the world, partners who take seriously their responsibilities to fairly compensate our artists and songwriters and treat the user experience with respect.

One of those partners is TikTok, an increasingly influential platform with powerful technology and a massive worldwide user base. As with many other platforms with whom we partner, TikTok’s success as one of the world’s largest social platforms has been built in large part on the music created by our artists and songwriters. Its senior executives proudly state publicly that “music is at the heart of the TikTok experience” and our analysis confirms that the majority of content on TikTok contains music, more than any other major social platform.
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Submitted by Rob Roper, David Barber, Dr. Annette Cannon, and Jamie Krutz. Our sincerest THANK YOU to all of them!

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