Roblox Is Sued For Violating Music Copyright

The National Music Publishers’ Association is suing games platform Roblox for $200 million in a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit, reported by Variety, accuses Roblox of using music from popular artists on the platform without their consent.
According to the NMPA, tracks from artists such as Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and The Rolling Stones, among others, require compensation when used inside Roblox.
NMPA president David Israelite noted how the platform is making hundreds of millions of dollars by charging users to upload music – taking advantage of young users’ lack of understanding about copyright – but takes no steps to prevent repeat infringement or alert users to the risks they are taking.
Roblox is being sued for damages due to its blatant exploitation of music without the proper licenses.
Roblox reported revenues up 140% to $387 million in Q1 2021 but also reported net losses of $134 million.
Earlier this year, the company went public via a direct listing. The company closed its first day of trading with a market cap of $38 billion in March 2021.
In addition to ParentsTogether, Roblox is also under scrutiny for luring children into spending excessive amounts of money.
Roblox has released a statement regarding the lawsuit.
In our role as a platform powered by a community of creators, we are committed to protecting intellectual property rights – from independent artists to music labels and publishers – and require that every Roblox community member abides by our Community Rules,” said a Roblox spokesperson.
“We do not tolerate copyright infringement, which is why we use industry-leading, advanced filtering technology to detect and prevent unauthorized recordings.” We respond promptly to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requests by removing any infringing content and, in accordance with our stringent repeat infringer policy, taking action against any violators.
In an effort to achieve a fair resolution, Roblox will vigorously defend itself against this lawsuit, which demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Roblox platform works.

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