Music Publishers Sue Twitter for $250 Million Due to Elon Musk’s Actions

$250 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Twitter and Elon Musk.

In the US, 17 music publishers have filed a lawsuit against Twitter, alleging that the social media site allowed copyright violations involving around 1,700 songs.

Over $250 million (£197.7 million) in damages are sought by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). According to the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), Twitter “permits and encourages infringement” for commercial advantage.

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It claims the situation has stayed the same since Elon Musk acquired the business.

Twitter continues to “reap huge profits from the availability of unlicensed music without paying the necessary licensing fees for it,” claims the NMPA, an organization that stands up for firms including BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Sony music publishing.

It continued by saying that Twitter now has an “unfair advantage” against rivals who purchase music licenses, such as TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat.

The biggest social media site, Twitter “remains solitary as the biggest social media platform that has totally would not permit the large numbers of melodies on its service,” as per an assertion from NMPA President David Israelite.

A BBC request for feedback has yet to receive an immediate response from Twitter.

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Mr. Musk, who recently reclaimed the title of the world’s richest person, paid $44 billion for Twitter last year.

The NMPA added that Twitter’s ownership shift in October 2022 remained the same as the company handles copyright.

The statement stated, “On the contrary, Twitter’s internal affairs with regard to things linked to this case are in chaos.

The NMPA cited Twitter’s elimination of “critical departments involved with content review and policing terms of service violations” and the resignations of Yoel Roth and Ella Irwin, the company’s trust and safety chiefs.

Twitter “routinely ignores known repeat infringers and known infringements,” according to the NMPA.

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