(HYPEBOT) – Triller removed the entire music catalogs of Universal Music Group (UMG), Warner Music Group (WMG), Sony Music, and top independent label licensor – Merlin.
The move makes the platform virtually unusable for any creator who uses or promotes music on the TikTok-like platform. Triller claims 65 million monthly active users, though some doubt that number.
Yesterday’s takedown follows an August lawsuit filed by Sony Music alleging that the platform owes it millions. Sources tell Hypebot that many of Triller’s deals are up for renewal and that the platform is “grossly” past due on payments to other labels and music publishers as well.
Triller denies the claim and says it had nothing to do with yesterday’s takedown.
Triller says that it is “reassessing each of our label deals as they come due as our catalog music usage is a small fraction of our overall business with creators… Some labels are more used than others, and if we can make financial arrangements that make sense for the platform on a label-by-label basis, we will. In other cases, the usage does not justify the cost.”