A group of 17 music publishers in the US has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, alleging that the platform has enabled copyright infringements, including approximately 1,700 songs.
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is seeking over $250 million in damages from Twitter for the music infringements.
In a lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court in Nashville, the NMPA claimed that Twitter has “knowingly permitted and actively encouraged” for-profit infringements.
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Representing companies such as Sony Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management, and Universal Music Publishing Group, the NMPA alleged that Twitter continues to profit from the presence of unlicensed music without paying the necessary licensing fees.
The infringements were said to provide Twitter with an “unfair advantage” against competitors such as TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, which pay for music licenses.
David Israelite, President of the NMPA, stated, “Twitter stands alone as the largest social media platform refusing to license the millions of songs on its service.”