Music Publishing Group Hits Roblox With $200 Million Suit; Also Targets Twitch
Another day, another legal hurdle for Roblox. The multi-billion-dollar game creation platform is being sued by the National Music Publishers' Association, which claims that Roblox is illegally using songs from a number of artists it represents.
According to Variety, the NMPA is seeking $200 million in damages "for Roblox's unabashed exploitation of music without proper licenses." Its president and CEO, David Isrealite, claimed that Roblox is "taking advantage of young people's lack of understanding about copyright" in requiring them to pay when they upload music to the platform and then taking "virtually no action to prevent repeat infringement or alert users to the risks they are taking."
Roblox responded to Variety, saying that it would defend itself "vigorously as we work to achieve a fair resolution" with the NMPA.
Roblox isn't the only creative service in the NMPA's sights. The organization is also taking aim at Twitch, with Variety reporting that it will be "stepping up its copyright-takedown campaign against Twitch and will continue removing music that the trade group alleges Amazon refuses to pay for."
The use of music in online ventures without a proper license is something that's been a ticking time bomb for creators for some time now, and that time is just about up. Twitch users have been under fire, and receiving DMCAs, for the simple act of streaming games that include licensed music or, in the case of IRL streamers, having a song play in the background of their location. Personally, I think those kinds of claims are silly, but if you're intentionally playing music -- or uploading it for use in your Roblox "experiences" -- then I think the NMPA has more of a point.
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
You May Enjoy
Top 5 Free to Play Weekly Stories - Naruto In Fortnite And Halo Is Back, Baby! Ep 489
Halo Infinite multiplayer just YOLO launches!By Michael Byrne - 1 week ago
Halo Infinite Gameplay - First Look HD (F2P Multiplayer)
Halo Infinite dropped its multiplayer on the world with no warning for the XBox 20th anniversary.By Michael Byrne - 3 days ago
Fractured In Alterac Valley Completes Hearthstone's Horde vs. Alliance Arc
Expansion comes in December, adds new hero cards for each class.By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Final GW2 End Of Dragons Beta Event Unlocks All Nine Elite Specs And Siege Turtle Mount
A turtle built for two!By Jason Winter - 5 hours ago
EverQuest And EverQuest II Launch Their Expansions In Early December
If you haven’t pre-ordered your copies yet, you’re going to want to get on it.By QuintLyn Bowers - 5 days ago
Always Online Cast: Halo's Battle Pass Kinda Sucks, New World's Future, And Fire Bobby Kotick Ep 411
Blizzard somehow finds more hot water and we're very concerned for New World's future!By Michael Byrne - 1 week ago