Wixen files a lawsuit against Triller, which is reminiscent of the Spotify case.
Wixen Music Publishing has filed a lawsuit against Triller, a short-form video sharing app, seeking $ 50 million for claims of copyright infringement on more than 1,000 songs. Triller is similar to the popular TIkTok app and allows users to create short videos with music. Wixen, on the other hand, delivers more than 50,000 songs written and owned by its 2,000 customers. The complaint alleges that Triller “intentionally violated these regulations” by allowing its users to video these songs “without permission or compensation”. This emerges from a federal complaint filed with the US Central District of California Western Division.
Triller has “outrageously disregarded copyright law and committed willful and persistent copyright infringement,” the lawsuit continues. “Triller understands that he must negotiate licenses with Wixen and other publishers to use these works, but has not done so.”
The complaint goes on to say: “Instead of paying Wixen and the songwriters who Wixen represents for the use of their works, Triller pays the social influencers considerable sums of money and provides them with Rolls Royces, mansions, sushi dinners at Nobu and in at least one case available, a helicopter. Triller could have contacted Wixen and negotiated to get the necessary licenses, as his CEO had promised. Instead, she chose to shamefully disregard copyright law and commit willful and persistent copyright infringement. Evidence of Triller’s willpower includes the company continuing to use, copy, and exploit the works even after Wixen told Triller that it had not obtained proper licenses to use the works. “
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Mike Lu, CEO of Triller, described Wixen as “an ambulance chase company founded just to shake people and businesses off.” He added, “Triller has already pulled down the two songs in question, which were user-created, not Triller. This is nothing more than a baseless shakedown and it won’t work. We look forward to our day in court where we can hopefully stop them from doing this to others who may not have the resources to fight them and give in to their extortionate demands. Instead of going the easy route and paying for their extortion, we are fighting this for everyone who cannot afford to prevent these things from happening in our business. It ends here and it stops now. “
Wixen is aiming for maximum legal relief, which it believes is $ 150,000 per injured work for a total of $ 50.4 million.
In 2017, Wixen filed a similar lawsuit against Spotify. However, the companies agreed to reject the $ 1.6 billion claim the following year. Wixen had argued that Spotify used songs by artists it played without “direct or mandatory mechanical license” from those artists. It was also alleged that Spotify “committed copyright infringement by failing to send these paper notices and failing to pay songwriter royalties about 21 percent of the time.”
A mutual statement filed upon termination read: “Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. and Spotify USA Inc. have agreed to a final dismissal of the lawsuit filed by Wixen Music Publishing late last year. The conclusion of this litigation is part of a broader business partnership between the parties that will fairly and reasonably resolve the legal claims asserted by Wixen Music Publishing in relation to the prior licensing of the Wixen Catalog and establish a mutually beneficial relationship for the future. “
It seems that Triller expects the same resolution.
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