Why certain TikTok sounds are unavailable in Mexico

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The removal of the music catalog from TikTok means that the platform will change. Many content creators found that their videos were silenced due to alleged copyright infringement, while users discovered that they could no longer listen to certain songs in any video. This restriction applies to all countries where TikTok operates, including Mexico, leaving the platform without a large part of its music catalog due to a dispute between TikTok and Universal Music Group.

Universal Music Group represents artists such as Taylor Swift, The Killers, Drake, U2, Prince, and Ariana Grande. The removal of the music comes after the failure of negotiations for a new usage license, leaving videos that used these tracks silent. This means that users in Mexico will no longer be able to use certain sounds and songs that had gone viral over the years.

This decision will change the operation of TikTok, as part of the appeal of the videos is the musical background. Many dance trends were created using TikTok audios as a basis, so people who had made a video with these artists now have a silenced product that cannot be fully enjoyed. Some content creators have decided to re-record or use echo effects to bypass the restriction, but the artist will no longer be supported in any way.

Mexican artists who work with Universal Music Group, and whose music is in the process of being removed, include RBD, ABBA, Avicii, Lele Pons, Blackpink, BTS, Morat, Mon Laferte, Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Rammstein, Tokio Hotel, and others. TikTok’s decision comes after accusations of Universal Music Group over dissatisfaction with royalty payments and accusations of allowing too much AI-generated music content on the platform, which the record label said diluted real artists’ profits.

The full impact of this action is still uncertain, given the relevance of TikTok as a crucial platform for the promotion of music and artists. Universal criticizes TikTok for putting greed before the interests of its artists, while TikTok defends its role as a free promoter with more than one billion users. A similar situation had already occurred with Warner Music and YouTube in 2008, but at the time an agreement was reached on advertising revenue.

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