Roblox, a popular virtual games platform, has been sued by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) in the United States, seeking $ 200 million in damages for allegedly allowing users to download music from famous artists without paying license fees.
The Verge reported Thursday that NMPA has filed a lawsuit on behalf of several major music publishers, accusing the popular child-focused platform of hosting a shared library of copyrighted but unlicensed songs. ‘Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, deadmau5 and more.
The lawsuit alleged that Roblox “actively feeds off its impressionable user base and their desire for popular music, teaching children that pirating music is perfectly okay.”
The lawsuit also seeks a court order that will force Roblox to crack down on hacking. Roblox, which launched in 2006, has been a resounding success during the pandemic, providing socially distant children with a social space to congregate online.
The company said in a statement posted on its website that it was surprised and disappointed by this lawsuit “which represents a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Roblox platform works and will vigorously defend Roblox as we work to reach a resolution fair”.
“We do not tolerate copyright infringement, which is why we use advanced and cutting edge filtering technology to detect and prohibit unauthorized recordings,” the company added.
Half of Roblox’s audience, which has more than 30 million daily users, is made up of children under the age of 13.
The company reported revenue of $ 588.7 million in the first nine months of 2020, an increase of 68% from the same period in 2019.
Roblox went public via direct listing in March and said in its flyer that its users have spent an average of 2.6 hours per day on the platform over the past year.
* Edited from an IANS