Record labels sue Twitter for “massive” intellectual property violation

New York, June 14 About twenty major record companies, including Universal and Sony, sued Twitter this Wednesday in a United States court for benefiting from the compositions of their artists in what they consider a “massive violation of intellectual property that harms music creators.” .

The record companies filed a civil lawsuit against X Corp, the company of billionaire Elon Musk that includes Twitter, in a court in Nashville (Tennesee), and demand a jury trial to obtain compensation of $ 150,000 for each work submitted to infringement, some works that can add up to “hundreds of thousands”.

According to the document, Twitter uses the music and video repertoires of the complainants to “attract and retain” users and boost their interactions, which “feeds the lucrative advertising business” of the social network “at the expense of the authors and to the detriment of his” compositions, protected by “copyright” rights.

“Twitter has rejected calls to obtain licenses or other necessary agreements to be able to legally use the musical compositions on its platform,” add the companies, which point out that other social networks such as TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat do pay for the use. of those works.

The lawsuit refers only to the state of Tennessee, where Nashville is located, one of the world capitals of music, since it is the headquarters of many of the complainants and affected artists, he points out.

The record companies, through their employer National Music Publisher’s Association (NMPA), claim to have spent “significant time and resources to identify” the infringing works and specific “copyright” violations, and they say they have notified the social network of the existence of some 300,000 illegal tweets.

Twitter was acquired last year by Musk, who for months has made changes to try to monetize the services of the social network and increase its income while cutting expenses such as personnel, and this week he has ceded command to the executive Linda Yaccarino.