A group of music labels have collaborated to sue Twitter, accusing the platform of not only neglecting to prevent users from incorporating copyrighted music into their content, but also promoting infringement to increase user engagement. The lawsuit seeks to claim damages from Twitter for these actions.
Seventeen music publishers have taken legal action against Twitter in a federal court located in Nashville, Tennessee. The lawsuit accuses Twitter of not only failing to enforce copyright laws, but also facilitating a substantial number of copyright violations by permitting users to post music without obtaining a license. The lawsuit alleges that Twitter is promoting user engagement by allowing the proliferation of unlicensed copies of musical compositions.
The National Music Publishers’ Association, which includes major companies such as Sony Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management, and Universal Music Publishing Group, is among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They are pursuing damages of over $250 million for the alleged violation of around 1,700 copyrights.
Twitter is the latest social media platform to face legal action over copyright infringement. The lawsuit claims that the problem has intensified since Elon Musk took ownership of Twitter in October, and also contends that other prominent platforms like Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube obtain proper music licensing from publishers.