The National Association of Music Publishers (NMPA) has filed a $ 200 million lawsuit against Roblox for allowing the illegal use of streaming songs, the organization said in a statement. press release. He also launched a “big ramp-up” of his own removal campaign against Twitch for the failure of the Amazon music licensing platform.
In a keynote speech, NMPA president David Israelite said Roblox, with 42 million active users each day, has “taken virtually no action” to prevent copyright infringement. The group added that the songs of “Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, deadmau5, Ed Sheeran, and the Rolling Stones are all used without compensating their writers and copyright holders.” The lawsuit was filed on behalf of publishers including Big Machine Records, Hipgnosis and Joel Zimmerman (deadmau5).
Israel also said Amazon’s Twitch live streaming service fails to license the music. Thus, it has intensified its removal campaign and will continue to remove music that Amazon is not supposed to pay for. An “application intensive program to identify and remove unlicensed songs from [Twitch]“It’s ongoing and will be increased, Israel said.
Roblox, which went public this year and is currently valued at $ 52 billion, has yet to respond to the lawsuit. Twitch previously stated that it “responds to any valid DMCA notification it receives by removing allegedly violating content in a manner consistent with DMCA requirements.”
In addition to the lawsuits, the NMPA has announced that 2020 music publishing revenues will increase 9.6 percent over 2019 to $ 4.08 billion, in part from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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