Music publishers sue luxury exercise brand Peloton in $150m copyright infringement lawsuit

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Music publishers are suing luxury exercise brand Peloton in a $150 million copyright infringement lawsuit.

The publishers include National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) members Downtown Music Publishing, Pulse Music Publishing, ole, peermusic, Ultra Music, Big Deal Music, Reservoir, Round Hill, TRO Essex Music Group and The Royalty Network.

Peloton is being sued for infringement of more than 1,000 musical works.

Peloton has released thousands of music-driven videos that include music recorded by artists such as Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Thomas Rhett, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Florida Georgia Line, Drake, Gwen Stefani and many other artists.

The brand offers a subscription service with over 13,000 workouts and the company was recently valued at $4 billion.

“While the fitness technology company has licensed with some of the music publishing industry, it has failed to do so with a significant number of publishers, leaving a great deal of income lost to songwriters,” said the NMPA in a statement.

“It is frankly unimaginable that a company of this size and sophistication would think it could exploit music in this way without the proper licenses for this long, and we look forward to getting music creators what they deserve.”

David Israelite, NMPA

NMPA President & CEO David Israelite, said: “Music is a core part of the Peloton business model and is responsible for much of the brand’s swift success. Thousands of exclusive videos and playlists are a major reason hundreds of thousands of people have purchased Peloton products.

“Unfortunately, instead of recognizing the integral role of songwriters to its company, Peloton has built its business by using their work without their permission or fair compensation for years.

“It is frankly unimaginable that a company of this size and sophistication would think it could exploit music in this way without the proper licenses for this long, and we look forward to getting music creators what they deserve.”

Downtown’s General Counsel, Peter Rosenthal, added: “We prefer to avoid litigation. But where we see the willful and ongoing infringement of so many works over a period of years, we will act to vigilantly enforce our songwriters’ valuable copyrights.”Music Business Worldwide

Source: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/music-publishers-sue-luxury-exercise-brand-peloton-in-150m-copyright-infringement-lawsuit/

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