The biggest music labels are attacking the blue bird social network. They are asking Twitter for hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid rights. According to them, the social network has not done enough to prevent the improper use of songs on its platform.
“Twitter is the only major social network to have always categorically refused to make agreements to be able to use millions of songs”, details to AFP, David Israelite, CEO of the American ociation of Music Publishers (NMPA). And this even as Twitter officials “know full well that music is posted, played and listened to by millions of people on its platform every day”.
The publishers also denounce the slowness of Twitter to remove the musical content posted without authorization. The delays reach “often weeks”, “sometimes more”, according to a document filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville (Tennessee).
At the same time, the company uses this content to attract Internet users and monetizes tweets including music through advertising, argue the labels, including Universal, Sony or Warner. They demand justice to enjoin Twitter to stop these practices and to pay $150,000 for each piece used without permission.
Thousands of tweets having been picked up by the editors, the addition could potentially amount to several hundred million dollars. Twitter, which no longer has a press service, responded to a request from AFP with a turd emoji.
The other major social networks, from Snapchat to YouTube, all have revenue-sharing deals with music publishers. These allow Internet users to use pieces in their videos or messages without exposing themselves to seeing them removed from the platform in question.
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