Variety reports that the National Association of Music Publishers (NMPA) is seeking a minimum of $ 200 million in damages from the Roblox Company for failing to license any music that users upload to Roblox.
NMPA President and CEO David Israelite announced the demand at the annual meeting of the afternoon groups. "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 taking virtually no action to prevent repeated violations or warnings. users about the risks they are taking, ”he said. The lawsuit has been filed by publishers representing acts such as Ariana Grande, deadmau5, Imagine Dragons and Ed Sheeran. Roblox has not yet written any comments.
Roblox is currently one of the most popular gaming platforms in the world (although "gaming" is a taboo word now Roblox Company), with more than 21.3 million daily users under the age of 13 according to the statistics aggregator Statistician. I would assume that these users are not complying with their copyright law and uploading music to Roblox is a simple process. If you want to use a sound file in your Roblox game / experience, all you have to do is grab a file on your computer, upload it, and wait for the website to estimate the price of uploading it in Robux, the currency of Roblox. The longer or presumably larger the file, the harder it is to load. Robux is a real money currency, so the NMPA's claim that Roblox is making real money with these loads seems to be true, but currently the loading site itself does not contain any warnings about music with license.
Israelita also demanded that Twitch explain what he perceives as always lax music licensing practices. Twitch previously disputed this claim last October, but has since released several music publishers. DMCA eliminations, and Israelite says "NMPA is stepping up its copyright withdrawal campaign against Twitch and will continue to remove music that the commercial group alleges Amazon refuses to pay for."