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Music Publishers Sue Roblox For $200 Million Alleging Unauthorized Song Use

The National Music Publishers Assn. is coming after two of the world’s most popular gaming platforms. 

Representing a group of major and independent music publishers, the NMPA is suing Roblox for $200 million, alleging the gaming company engages in “rampant” copyright infringement. The organization is also ramping up its attack on Amazon

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-owned Twitch. 

NMPA president and CEO David Israelite dropped the news at the organization’s annual meeting on June 9, stating “We value our partnership with legitimate gaming companies that respect music, and it is time to crack down on those that don’t.” He said the infringement committed by the company is particularly egregious because “they have enticed and manipulated mostly children into making tacit agreements and unknowingly stealing from songwriters.”  

Noting it is “surprised and disappointed” with the NMPA’s action, Roblox responded today (June 10) with a statement, that reads in part: “We do not tolerate copyright infringement, which is why we use industry-leading, advanced filtering technology to detect and prohibit unauthorized recordings. We expeditiously respond to any valid Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) request by removing any infringing content and, in accordance with our stringent repeat infringer policy, taking action against anyone violating our rules.”

The NMPA says songs recorded by artists including Ariana Grande, deadmau5, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, and the Rolling Stones are being used in Roblox metaverse without the company paying due compensation to writers and copyright holders of those songs. 

“You cannot build a company on the backs of music creators, refuse to pay them, profit off

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyolson/2021/06/10/music-publishers-sue-roblox-for-200-million-alleging-unauthorized-song-use/

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