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Elon Musk: 17 music publishers sue Twitter for copyright

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) represents several firms which claim Twitter has enabled copyright violations.


 A group of 17 music publishers has seeking more than $250m (£197.7m) in damages.

claiming Twitter permits and encourages infringements for profits.

In a lawsuit filed at the Federal District Court in Nashville, the NMPA claimed that Twitter has enabled copyright violations that involves nearly 1700 songs.

The NMPA, alleged that Twitter continues to reap huge profits from the availability of unlicensed music without paying the necessary licensing fees for it.

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Moreover, National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) represents firms like BMG Rights Management, Sony Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group which claimed that I the situation has not improved since Elon Musk bought the company.

 NMPA also added that unlike other competing platforms like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, that pay for music licenses, Twitter gives an “unfair advantage.

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“Twitter “stands alone as the largest social media platform that has completely refused to license the millions of songs on its service,” NMPA President David Israelite said in a statement.

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“On the contrary, Twitter’s internal affairs regarding matters pertinent to this case are in disarray,” it added.

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The NMPA also said “Twitter’s change in ownership in October 2022 has not led to improvements in how it acts with respect to copyright.

 NMPA cited Twitter’s downsizing of “critical departments involved with content review and policing terms of service.”

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Since buying Twitter, Elon Musk has cut 75% of its workforce, including teams charged with tracking abuse, and changed how the company verifies accounts.

He did not as well respond to the matter after a request for comments.


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