Record labels sued Twitter for “massive” intellectual property violation

FILE – Elon Musk leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. (AP) (Benjamin Fanjoy/)

About twenty major record labels, including Universal and sonydenounced Twitter this Wednesday in a court of USA for benefiting from the compositions of his artists in what he considers a “massive violation of intellectual property that harms music creators”.

The record companies filed a civil lawsuit against X Corpthe billionaire company Elon Musk which encompasses Twitterin a court of Nashville (Tennesee), and demand a jury trial to obtain compensation of $150,000 for each work subject to infringement, 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 “fuels the lucrative advertising business“from the social network”at the expense of the authors and to the detriment of their” compositions, protected by rights of “copyright”.

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, who point out that other social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat they do pay for the use of those works.

The claim refers only to the state of Tennesseewhere it is located Nashvilleone 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 employers National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), claim to have spent “significant time and resources in identifying” the works subject to infringement 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 Muskwho 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 has ceded command to executive Linda Yaccarino.

More problems

Meanwhile, an American judge has authorized the eviction of Twitter from their offices Bouldering (Colorado) for non-payment of rent to the owner of the premises, as reported this Wednesday by the local newspaper The Denver Post.

The landlord, who has not collected rent since March, denounced Twitter in May and the judge has issued an order for the Police to assist him in the eviction before the end of July, according to court documents cited by the newspaper.

In February 2020, Twitter signed a rental agreement with the landlord and gave him a credit instrument of 968,000 dollars to cover the monthly payments from now onbut that money dried up in March and the company hasn’t caught up on its homework, he adds. It’s not the only Twitter problem at its Boulder officessince a cleaning company has also denounced him for non-payment and claims almost $100,000.

The technology company has undergone drastic changes in recent months under the command of its new owner, Musk, including the dismissal of a good part of its staff. The middle TechCrunch indicates that in the offices of Twitter in Boulder came to work up to 300 employeesbut between layoffs and resignations that figure has apparently fallen to less than half.

(With information from EFE).-

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