What just happened? Roblox, one of the world’s most popular gaming platforms, has received a $ 200 million lawsuit from the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) for the illegal use of music uploaded by users.
Variety reports that NMPA President / CEO David Israelite announced the lawsuit at the 2021 trade group annual meeting, highlighting Roblox’s millions of daily active players and claiming that he does everything he can to avoid paying artists to use his music.
“Roblox has made hundreds of millions of dollars by requiring users to pay every time they upload music to the platform, taking advantage of young people’s lack of understanding of copyright, and then taking virtually no action to avoid repetition violations or alert users to the risks they are taking, “Israelite said.
Roughly half of the 42 million daily active Roblox users are under the age of 13; It is the most popular title among young people aged 7 to 16 in the UK. The company went public earlier this year and has a market capitalization of $ 52 billion.
Adding music or sound to your Roblox creations involves uploading a file from a computer. Users are then given an estimated price of the cargo, probably based on its size and length, to be paid for in Robux, Roblox’s real money currency.
The lawsuit states that some of the songs used on Roblox without the artists being compensated include those recorded by Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, deadmau5, Ed Sheeran and the Rolling Stones. It seeks a minimum of $ 200 million in damages “for the blatant exploitation of music by Roblox without the proper licenses.”
Roblox was not the only target of the Israelites. He also said that Twitch continues to not license music, noting that the NMPA will step up its campaign to remove content that the owner Amazon allegedly refuses to pay for.
An “intensive application program to identify and remove unlicensed songs from [Twitch]”It is already underway and will increase,” Israelite said.