Roblox Hits Again at NMPA Lawsuit, Vowing to Defend Itself ‘Vigorously’

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The assertion additionally referenced Roblox’s means of responding to copyright infringement takedown requests in a course of outlined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Nonetheless — just like arguments the NMPA has made towards rising platforms like TikTok and Triller previously — the group argues that Roblox is merely utilizing the DMCA, which shields content-hosting platforms from legal responsibility for customers’ copyright violations, as an excuse to keep away from paying for music licenses.

The lawsuit arrives similtaneously Roblox has not too long ago begun partnering with the music {industry} to host in-game digital music performances. Notably, whereas Common Music Group is among the many plaintiffs within the NMPA lawsuit, absent from the record is Warner Music Group, which has labored with Roblox to placed on concert events for artists like Ava Max, Why Do not We and Royal Blood. Sony Music Leisure, which labored with Roblox on performances for Zara Larsson and Lil Nas X, can also be absent.

“We are committed to continuing to partner with the music industry to unlock new, creative, and commercial opportunities for artists and songwriters through virtual merchandise, exclusive virtual concerts, Launch Parties, and more,” Roblox’s assertion concludes.

Billboard has reached out to the NMPA for extra remark. Learn Roblox’s assertion in its entirety beneath.

As a platform powered by a neighborhood of creators, we’re obsessed with defending mental property rights – from impartial artists and songwriters, to music labels and publishers – and require all Roblox neighborhood members to abide by our Group Guidelines. We don’t tolerate copyright infringement, which is why we use industry-leading, superior filtering expertise to detect and prohibit unauthorized recordings. We expeditiously reply to any legitimate Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) request by eradicating any infringing content material and, in accordance with our stringent repeat infringer coverage, taking motion towards anybody violating our guidelines.

We’re shocked and disenchanted by this lawsuit which represents a elementary misunderstanding of how the Roblox platform operates, and can defend Roblox vigorously as we work to realize a good decision.

We consider the Roblox metaverse supplies a large alternative for the music {industry}, and have partnered with main labels and publishers to host profitable music occasions, attended by hundreds of thousands of followers, for such artists as Ava Max, Lil Nas X, Why Don’t We, Royal Blood, and Zara Larsson. We’re dedicated to persevering with to associate with the music {industry} to unlock new, artistic, and industrial alternatives for artists and songwriters via digital merchandise, unique digital concert events, Launch Events, and extra.

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