Roblox settles $ 200 million lawsuit with music publishers
The National Music Publishers’ Association has settled its $ 200 million lawsuit against Roblox Corporation, announcing today that it has entered into a new membership agreement that allows NMPA members to come up with their own individual license agreements for using their music in Roblox.
The lawsuit was filed in June over complaints that Roblox instructs its users to download music to the platform – users have to spend “Robux”, the game’s real money currency, to download audio files, with a price based on the length of the clip, but takes no action to prevent copyright infringement.
“Roblox has made hundreds of millions of dollars forcing users to pay every time they upload music to the platform, taking advantage of young people’s lack of understanding of copyright and then they don’t take virtually no action to prevent repeat breaches or alert users to the risks they are taking, “NMPA CEO David Israelite said at the time.
Details of the deal were not revealed in today’s announcement, only that Roblox “will work closely with the global music publishing industry to help them discover new ways of doing business. integrate music more meaningfully into the global Roblox community “.
“Going forward, we are committed to partnering with the music industry, as a whole, to create an exciting new social era of the music industry that engages fans and artists in a way. unprecedented in the Metaverse, ”Roblox vice president and global head of music Jon Vlassopulos said.
The timing is interesting though: the announcement of the settlement with Roblox comes less than a week after NMPA announced a similar (and equally vague) deal with Twitch, after months of escalating tensions between them. This agreement, like the Roblox settlement, also promises a membership program for music publishers “to bring new facets to both the gaming experience and the exposure of songwriters”, but does not change. actually the rules for using music for streamers.
I have contacted Roblox and the NMPA for more information on the impact of the rule on Roblox players, and I will update if I receive a response.