The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is suing Twitter for allegedly enabling copyright violations involving nearly 1,700 songs.
The NMPA, which represents firms including Sony Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group, seeks over $250 million in damages from the platform.
According to NMPA’s lawsuit filed at the Federal District Court in Nashville, Twitter “permits and encourages infringement” for profit. It added that competitors like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat pay music licensing fees while Twitter does not.
Twitter has not responded directly to a BBC request for comment on this matter. Since Elon Musk bought the company last year for $44bn, there have been no improvements regarding how it acts with respect to copyright infringements according to NMPA President David Israelite.
Furthermore, Linda Yaccarino recently became the new boss of social media firm Twitter which has struggled financially since its inception. Mr Musk cut 75% of its workforce after buying it and changed how accounts are verified.
Regardless of how this lawsuit develops one thing is clear: social media platforms need systems in place that protect intellectual property rights while ensuring users can still share content without fear of violating copyrights laws or regulations.
It remains unclear what will happen next concerning these allegations against Twitter but we must remain vigilant about our investments while seeing how new developments unfold within this constantly evolving industry.
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