Universal Music Sues Triller For Failing To Pay License Fees

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Music corporation, Universal Music Group sued Triller on Thursday, alleging that the video-sharing app has failed to make payments for the last nine months, in violation of their licensing agreement. Variety reported.

In the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Universal said it notified Triller on Tuesday that it is terminating the agreement due to Triller’s repeated breaches.

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According to the new lawsuit, Universal alleges that Triller has not paid invoices for the last three quarters on both a “framework agreement” and a “music app agreement.” The lawsuit alleges that Triller has also failed to provide quarterly usage reports that would detail the use of Universal’s music on the app.

“During the same time period that Triller was defaulting on its payment and reporting obligations, it was reported that Triller was spending substantial amounts of money acquiring companies, including Julius and Fangage, and throwing lavish events catering to members of the media and entertainment industry,” the lawsuit states.

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According to the complaint, Triller agreed to pay nearly $3 million for licensing and past use of the Universal Music catalog. Those payments would be made in quarterly installments over two years. According to the complaint, Triller has missed the last three installments, though it has made “several written and oral promises” to fulfill its end of the bargain.

Last year, In August, Sony Music Entertainment alleged that Triller continued to use Sony’s music even after it had stopped paying license fees, and after Sony had terminated their agreement.