TikTok Turns to Copyright Tribunal In Licensing Dispute With Collecting Societies
Video-sharing app TikTok has applied to the British courts in an attempt to resolve one of several licensing battles it is currently engaged in.
In this instance, TikTok Inc (registered as being based in Culver City, Calif.) has asked the U.K. Copyright Tribunal to intervene in its ongoing dispute over licensing terms with ICE, the joint venture pan-European online rights hub, operated by collection societies PRS for Music (U.K.), STIM (Sweden) and GEMA (Germany).
The referral was made earlier this month and listed on the website of the Copyright Tribunal — an independent body set up specifically to resolve commercial licensing disputes — July 19. Organizations or individuals who object or wish to be made party to the proceedings have until Aug 16 to notify the tribunal.
A spokesperson for TikTok confirmed the platform has been in “active and extended negotiations with ICE” over its licensing terms, but that it had been unable to reach a deal. As such, it has asked the Copyright Tribunal to act “as a neutral third party to help us reach a reasonable outcome.”
ICE hit back by saying TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance Ltd, is an unlicensed music platform and that it was “disappointed an agreement for use of the millions of musical works belonging to the songwriters, composers and publishers we represent has not been reached before this point.”………read more