What just happened? Roblox, one of the most popular gaming platforms in the world, has been hit with a $200 million lawsuit from the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) for illegally using audio uploaded by users.
Variety reports that NMPA president/CEO David Israelite announced the lawsuit in the trade group’s 2021 annual meeting, highlighting Roblox’s countless daily busy gamers and alleging that it goes to great lengths to avoid paying artists for using their songs.
“Roblox has earned hundreds of millions of dollars by requiring users to pay every time they upload music onto the platform — taking advantage of young people’s lack of understanding about copyright — and then they take virtually no action to prevent repeat infringement or alert users to the risks they are taking,” Israelite said.
Around half of Roblox’s 42 million busy daily users are under the age of 13–it is the most popular title among 7- to 16-year-olds from the UK. The organization went public before this year and has a market cap of $52 billion.
Adding music or audio for your Roblox creations involves uploading a file by a pc. Users are then given an estimated price of the upload, likely based on its size and length, which needs to be paid at Robux, Roblox’s real-money currency.
The lawsuit claims that some of the son