Record labels sue Roblox for letting users upload pirated songs

It’s Seeking $200 Million and a Piracy Action

The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has filed a lawsuit roblox To allow users to upload music from Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Deadmau5 and other artists at no license fee. wants to sue $200 million in damages and a court order that would roblox Crack down on piracy.

The NMPA filed the lawsuit yesterday on behalf of several major music publishers. it alleges roblox – A massively popular, children-focused platform for sports and social experiences – to host a shared library of copyrighted but unlicensed songs. The complaint alleges that roblox “actively hunts down their impressive user base and their desire for popular music, teaching kids that pirate music is perfectly acceptable.”

roblox Provides a library of audio files, 3D models and other assets for building experiences. Users upload these files themselves, but NMPA claims roblox “Actively encourages” by adding popular songs. It also notes that users pay to upload audio files with in-game currency. “roblox Allows a singular level of infringing material through its gates, deliberately turning a blind eye to profit,” it says.

roblox responded to complaint on its website. “We are shocked and disappointed by this lawsuit, which represents a fundamental misunderstanding of how roblox The platform operates, and will defend roblox as we work to achieve a fair solution,” the statement said. It notes that roblox In the past year has partnered with music labels for authorized events such as Lil Nas X Concerts and Co. signed a license agreement With APM Music in 2018. “We do not tolerate copyright infringement, which is why we use industry-leading, advanced filtering technology to detect and restrict unauthorized recordings.”

In the form of complaint note, search robloxThe library returns no results for exact names like “Ed Sheeran” or “Ariana Grande”. But a search for partial words like “Sheeran” or “Ariana” will bring up tracks labeled with popular songs from both artists. (Not all labels are accurate – a file titled “Ed Sheeran – The Shape of You” is actually a sound clip The Purge, As an example.) “robloxThe use of filtering technology is nothing more than an empty gesture to hide its long history of inciting, inspiring and encouraging users, including children, to infringe copyright music,” the suit claims.

Virtually all major web platforms clash with record labels at some point, and disputes often end with a deal of the companies. NMPA and Google A similar lawsuit settled settled YouTube copyright infringement in 2011, leading to the platform’s current royalty-sharing agreement. Along with news of this lawsuit, the NMPA announced a “major ramp-up” of copyright takedown notices against Twitch — pressuring parent company Amazon to extend a currently limited licensing deal.

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