Twitter is being sued for $250 million by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) in the US for alleged extensive copyright infringement of music.
NMPA includes 17 publishers and listed 1,700 songs for which it sent multiple copyright violation notices to the social network.
The lawsuit claims that Twitter didn’t take any action against these notices. The organization highlighted that it is seeking fines of up to $150,000 for each violation.
The lawsuit alleged that the social network “fuels its business with countless infringing copies of musical ‘compositions, violating Publishers’ and others’ exclusive rights under copyright law.”
It also underlined that Twitter hasn’t struck a music licensing deal for the use of copyrighted music.
In the same vein, the lawsuit mentioned that Elon Musk allowed paid users to upload two-hour-long videos. It also quoted a Musk tweet from last year where he refers to DMCA as a “plague on humanity.”
“Twitter stands alone as the largest social media platform that has completely refused to license the millions of songs on its service,” David Israelite, the president of the National Music Publishers’ Association, a trade group, said in a statement given to LA Times.