Wixen Music Publishing is now suing short-video app Triller, after alleged copyright infringement on over 1000 songs. The company has claimed that the infringement was wilful, as it allowed its users to include the content in their videos without authorisation. The suit was filed back on Tuesday and shows Wixen seeking $50 million for the infringement.
Triller enables its users to create short videos of all sorts, which are usually accompanied by a musical background. According to the suit, Wixen has stated that Triller is “aware that they must negotiate a license with the company in order to utilise their works”. Instead, the company chose to “disregard copyright law and commit wilful infringement”
Triller has since responded by claiming that the content in question was put up by users, and not the app itself, further claiming that this is a “shakedown and it won’t work”. Wixen is seeking the maximum statutory relief, working out to $150,000 per infringed work. Triller is not the only one of Wixen’s targets, as the latter hit Spotify with an infringement suit back in 2018, which has since been settled privately. Be sure to stay tuned for further updates on the ongoing matter, on our reading room.
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