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Senior Legal Counsel at ByteDance, Mumbai

ByteDance, Mumbai is inviting job applications for Senior Legal Counsel- Music Licensing India.

About the Company

Founded in 2012, ByteDance’s mission is to inspire creativity and enrich life. With a suite of more than a dozen products, including TikTok, Helo, and Resso, as well as platforms specific to the China market, including Toutiao, Douyin, and Xigua, ByteDance has made it easier and more fun for people to connect with, consume, and create content.

About the Team

ByteDance is looking for a transactional attorney with significant experience drafting and negotiating digital music licenses for India, to join its Global Music Legal team.

The role will support ByteDance’s Business Development team’s efforts to execute the music licensing strategy for our flagship products and other ByteDance-owned digital / mobile properties by acquiring rights from India-based record companies, aggregators, music publishers and collecting societies and assisting with other music-related initiatives of key internal stakeholders. This is a full-time position based in Mumbai.


  • Qualified lawyer in the India Civil Law Jurisdiction with at least 7 years of experience negotiating and drafting complex digital music rights deals in India for digital service providers and / or UGC platforms
  • Subject matter expertise – with and a deep and broad understanding of the digital music publishing rights landscape in India – is a pre-requisite
  • Experience working collaboratively and cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, with tight turn-around times and deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial mindset; flexible, self-starting, hard-working, with a tolerance for working across multiple time zones outside of normal business hours
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation and organizational skills, with an ability to prioritize among multiple urgent projects
  • Strategic thinker with a pragmatic, creative, risk-based approach to problem-solving
  • Comfortable dealing with uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Excellent business judgment, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective at managing key internal stakeholders’ expectations and managing articulation and escalation of difficult legal and business issues
  • Fluent in English to work with global stakeholders.


  • Provide ongoing legal support to the Business Development team to devise music licensing strategy and close deals necessary to scale music license coverage for our flagship product and other ByteDance-owned digital / mobile properties
  • Review, draft and negotiate key blanket / catalogue music license agreements
  • Respond promptly to legal requests from internal stakeholders
  • Advise on music copyright-related intellectual property rights issues
  • Provide pragmatic, business-focused, solution-oriented legal advice and guidance to internal stakeholders with regard to business and legal risks and company policies.

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