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Music publishers hit Roblox with $200million “exploitation of music” lawsuit

US music publishers have hit the children’s online gaming platform Roblox with a $200miilion lawsuit, accusing the Roblox Corporation of continual and widespread copyright infringement. 

The lawsuit was filed by the National Music Publishers’ Association working as a front for various organisations including Big Machine Records, ABKCO and other major and indie labels. 

The lawsuit argues that Roblox has not taken measures to prevent the widespread copyright infringements of its users resulting in “unabashed exploitation of music without proper licenses,” for which they are seeking damages. 

Roblox has reportedly used tracks from the like of The Rolling Stones, Ariana Grande and Imagine Dragons without permission and the NMPA are questioning the legality of the usage. 

Roblox has over 42 million daily users and according to NMPA CEO David Israelite, it earns “hundreds of millions of dollars by requiring users to pay every time they upload music onto the platform [but] take virtually no action to prevent repeat infringement or alert users to the risks they are taking”.

He argued that the gaming service was intentionally “taking advantage of young people’s lack of understanding about copyright”.

The lawsuit intends to “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 are yet to respond to Israelites statement, but they have been reached for comment. 

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