The next time indie pop-rock duo Tennis go travelling, they probably won't be staying at the Marmara. That's because the Turkish hotel chain allegedly screwed the band in a licensing deal.
The band posted a string of tweets about the matter this afternoon (April 30). According to them, they licensed a song to the hotel chain and it was used in a commercial, but now the folks at Marmara are refusing to pay.
Tennis pointed out that song licensing is how they make most of their money. Despite using a lawyer and signing a contract, the only way for them to force the Marmara to pay them would be to launch an expensive lawsuit. Sadly, this puts their song "Never Work for Free" into rather harsh perspective.
Read the tweets below. At the bottom of the page, see the offending French-language commercial that uses the band's blogosphere hit "Marathon."
Plz RT! we licensed a song to @TheMarmara hotels for what is a lot of $ to us. They broke our contract, exploited our music & refuse to pay!— Tennis Music (@TennisInc) April 30, 2015
Even though we used a lawyer and signed contracts we have no recourse aside from an expensive lawsuit we may never win @TheMarmara— Tennis Music (@TennisInc) April 30, 2015
Commercial licensing accounts for the majority of our income. When corporations like @TheMarmara refuse to compensate artists...— Tennis Music (@TennisInc) April 30, 2015
they tacitly claim that our work has no value and that they can build their brand on our backs at no cost to themselves— Tennis Music (@TennisInc) April 30, 2015
we may never get this money but I won't let them skip off into the sunset with our song playing in the background reputation unscathed— Tennis Music (@TennisInc) April 30, 2015
The Marmara is a chain of luxury hotels with a handful of locations in Turkey. There's also a single North American location: the Marmara Manhattan in New York. Ironically, the Marmara in Bodrum, Turkey, lists tennis as one of its amenities.
Actually licensed it used it then didn't pay for it https://t.co/Q2fwVf7deb— Tennis Music (@TennisInc) April 30, 2015
Meanwhile, Tennis are currently on tour in North America. See the dates here.