Twitter Hit With $250 Million Lawsuit Over Alleged Music Copyright Violations

Within the lawsuit, the Nationwide Music Publishers Affiliation seeks damages price $150,000 for every alleged copyright infringement masking round 1,700 songs. The allegations are robust, together with the declare that “Twitter is aware of completely nicely that neither it nor customers of the Twitter platform have secured licenses for the rampant use of music being made on its platform.” Along with demanding roughly $250 million in damages, the lawsuit additionally asks the court docket to make Twitter stop its copyright-infringing actions with speedy impact. 

Notably, the NMPA claims that it has been sending formal notices about copyright infringement to Twitter since 2021, totaling over 300,000 tweets that violated copyright legal guidelines. Twitter can also be mentioned to have acquired a whole lot of hundreds of notices from different copyright holders, however the firm allegedly “routinely ignores recognized repeat infringers and recognized infringements,” based on the lawsuit.

Twitter is accused of failing to take away the contentious content material or finish public entry to it. “Twitter views itself, not the legislation, because the arbiter of what content material is permitted on the Twitter platform,” the lawsuit claims. Neither Twitter nor its new CEO Linda Yaccarino has issued a press release on the matter on the time of writing. The lawsuit is a significant blow to Twitter, which has undergone drastic cost-cutting measures – together with shedding two-thirds of its workforce — on its highway to changing into a cash-positive firm. Extra importantly, it units a horrible precedent for Musk’s dream of turning Twitter right into a haven for creators.