The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed a lawsuit against the video game developer Roblox Corporation, alleging that the company’s flagship game is violating numerous artists’ songwriting copyrights, as Variety reports and Pitchfork can confirm via court records. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of multiple plaintiffs including ABKCO Music & Records, Big Machine Records, Hipgnosis, Kobalt Music Group, Downtown Music Publishing, UMPG, and more, is seeking minimum damages of $200 million.
NMPA president/CEO David Israelite discussed the lawsuit during a speech yesterday (June 9). He reportedly accused Roblox of making “hundreds of millions of dollars by requiring users to pay every time they upload music onto the platform—taking advantage of young people’s lack of understanding about copyright—and then they take virtually no action to prevent repeat infringement or alert users to the risks they are taking.”
As Variety also reports, Roblox Corporation has responded to the lawsuit, writing in a statement: