Roblox is Being Sued By Music Publishers For $200 Million

Publishers say Roblox is "illegally using songs" by artists like Ariana Grande and Imagine Dragons

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The National Music Publishers’ Association is suing Roblox for at least $200 million, claiming that the platform’s games are “illegally using songs from numerous artists”.

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As Variety reports, the NMPA’s president David Israelite says Roblox is making “hundreds of millions of dollars by requiring users to pay every time they upload music onto the platformtaking advantage of young people’s lack of understanding about copyrightand then they take virtually no action to prevent repeat infringement or alert users to the risks they are taking.”

The NMPA points out that some of the major artists affected include Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, deadmau5, Ed Sheeran, and the Rolling Stones. Some of the publishers suing include ABKCO Music & Records, Big Machine Records and Concord Music Group, while some individual artists (like deadmau5) are also claiming damages.

The NMPA’s suit is looking for damages “for Roblox’s unabashed exploitation of music without proper licenses, and that it “will ensure songwriters are fully paid for their works on the platform and that Roblox takes seriously its obligations to those who have made its service so popular and profitable.”

Israelite announced the lawsuit during the NMPA’s annual meeting, during which he also called out Twitch for similar practices, and said the group would be, “stepping up its copyright-takedown campaign against Twitch, despite Twitch’s DMCA takedown program already working overtime.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

DISCUSSION

eggsactly
Gallus Advocatus, Esq.

I’m not familiar with Roblox, but why would a user (a player?) upload music to it? And why/how would that cost them money? And why would NMPA care?