Warner Music sues Bang Energy in latest TikTok ad lawsuit

By | September 16, 2022

Cardi B attends Warner Music Group’s pre-Grammy social gathering in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • New case follows lawsuits from Common Music and Sony Music
  • Courtroom beforehand discovered Bang infringed a whole bunch of UMG and Sony copyrights

(Reuters) – Power drink maker Bang Power and its CEO Jack Owoc are going through a 3rd lawsuit from a serious music label over their social media adverts, after a number of Warner Music Group associates accused them of getting set TikTok and Instagram movies to music with songs from unlicensed artists together with Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Cardi B.

Warner Music’s lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court docket in Miami, comes a day after a choose in the identical court docket discovered Bang answerable for infringing on greater than 200 Sony Music copyrights. U.S. District Decide William Dimitrouleas additionally dominated for Common Music Group on related claims in opposition to the beverage firm in July.

Bang didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Friday. Warner Music declined to touch upon the lawsuit.

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Warner Music instructed the court docket on Thursday that Bang’s rise to develop into the third best-selling power drink in america was largely fueled by its video promoting on social media platforms, notably TikTok and Instagram.

Bang’s TikTok account has over 1.5 million followers and TikTok movies with the #bangenergy hashtag have over 18 billion views. His Instagram account has 2.3 million followers.

Warner Music mentioned it despatched Bang a stop and desist letter following the Common Music lawsuit final yr. The lawsuit mentioned among the infringing movies remained on-line greater than a yr later, and that Bang posted new infringing movies after receiving the letter.

The label accused Bang of infringing its copyright on 187 songs by standard musicians, together with The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Dua Lipa.

WMG sought both precise or statutory damages of as much as $150,000 per tune, in addition to a court docket order to completely restrain Bang from utilizing his music.

The case is Atlantic Recording Corp v. Very important Prescription drugs Inc d/b/a Bang Power, US District Courtroom for the Southern District of Florida, No. 1:22-cv-22951.

For Warner Music: Rollin Ransom by Sidley Austin

For Bang Power: info not accessible

Learn extra:

Bang Power social media adverts infringe Sony Music copyright, choose guidelines

Bang Power copyrighted UMG music in TikTok adverts, choose guidelines

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