Unpaid rights: labels claim hundreds of millions of dollars from Twitter

The biggest music labels denounce the lack of regulation of Twitter and claim hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid rights from the social network. They criticize the company for not having acted sufficiently against the undue use of musical pieces on the platform.

“Twitter is the only major social network that has always categorically refused to make agreements to use millions of songs”, commented David Israelite, president and CEO of the American Association of Music Publishers (NMPA), in a reaction sent to Agence France-Presse. According to him, the managers of X Corp, the parent company of Twitter since the takeover of the social network by billionaire Elon Musk, “Know full well that music is posted, played and listened to by millions of people every day on (I)a platform ».

According to a document filed Wednesday, June 14 in a federal court in Nashville (Tennessee, in the United States), publishers denounce the slowness of Twitter to remove musical content posted without authorization, the delays reaching “often weeks”, “sometimes more”. At the same time, the social network uses, according to them, this content to attract Internet users and monetizes tweets including music through advertising.

Large companies are weighing their weight in litigation, including Universal, Sony and Warner. The latter are asking the federal court in Nashville to order Twitter to stop these practices and to pay 150,000 dollars for each piece used without authorization. The addition could potentially amount to several hundred million dollars, with thousands of infringing tweets having been noted by music publishers. The social network, which no longer has a press service, did not officially react.

The other major social networks, from Snapchat to YouTube, have all entered into revenue-sharing agreements with music publishers, which allow Internet users to use songs in their videos or messages without exposing themselves to having them taken down.

The World with AFP

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