The National Music Publishers’ Association announced that have filed a lawsuit against Roblox claims that the game didn’t receive authorization for copyrighted music to be used for their MMO. The association demands $200 million dollars to be paid for damages.
Variety reports that this lawsuit was announced at the NMPA’s 2021 annual meeting. President and CEO of the Association, David Israelite, states:
“hundreds of millions of dollars by requiring users to pay every time they upload music onto the platform — taking advantage of young people’s lack of understanding about copyright — and then they take virtually no action to prevent repeat infringement or alert users to the risks they are taking.”
The NMPA states this copyright infringement effects Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, deadmau5, Ed Sheeran, the Rolling Stones, and others, according to NMPA’s statement.
They seek $200 million dollars for damages for “Roblox’s unabashed exploitation of music without proper licenses.” This lawsuit “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.”
Roblox has released a statement that they would be defending themselves “as [they] work to achieve a fair resolution” with the NMPA.