A group of music publishers, which include Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and the Rolling Stones, have filed a lawsuit against video game platform Roblox for copyright infringement and taken further action against streaming service Twitch.
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Roblox “Has made hundreds of millions of dollars asking players to pay every time they stream music on the platform – taking advantage of their lack of understanding of how copyright works”, accuses David Israelite, the president of the National Association of Music Publishers (NMPA), in a statement released Wednesday. “And then they hardly take any precautions to prevent breaches or alert users to the risks they are taking”, he continues. NMPA seeks $ 200 million in damages for “The shameless exploitation of music by Roblox without the necessary rights”.
“We are surprised and disappointed by these lawsuits which constitute a total misunderstanding of the functioning of our Roblox platform”, reacted the company, whose games and game creation application is widely used by children. In a press release, it defended itself against any infringement, mentioning in particular advanced technologies that make it possible to “Detect and prohibit unauthorized recordings”.
Twitch also in the viewfinder of the NMPA
NMPA is also attacking Twitch, the hugely popular live video game streaming platform owned by Amazon. The publishers intend to step up their efforts to force the site to remove the soundtracks they claim they are using without permission. “Twitch users are penalized because the platform does not pay for music rights, and as long as it does, NMPA will continue to remove music that Amazon refuses to pay for.”. The platform did not immediately respond to a request from AFP.