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Roblox announced today that it has settled a lawsuit filed by the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). The case from NMPA has been summarily rejected and Roblox will be open to further appointments with artists wishing to debut their music in the gaming world as they can now make their own appointments with Roblox.
NMPA originally sued Roblox for about $ 200 million for copyright infringement. Now it seems that the two companies have reached an agreement that allows music within the metaverse, or at least it will give publishers the chance to decide if they are willing to allow it. NMPA President David Israelite called Roblox “a unique platform for musicians and songwriters in the metaverse” and said it offers unique opportunities for artists to connect with fans.
According to NMPA, this new settlement will enable Roblox to mediate more agreements with music publishers in the future. They now have “an industry-wide option open to all qualified NMPA publishers” with Roblox as well as a negotiation period that allows publishers to draft individual licensing agreements. NMPA adds that these offerings will offer new ways for songwriters to monetize their music.
Roblox has recently begun to expand its music offering, most recently with the addition of Listening Parties music streams in the game, where artists can showcase their works. It has also held several virtual concerts within its metaverse for users. Roblox’s global music director Jon Vlassopulos said in a statement: “We are pleased that the publishing industry sees Roblox’s potential as a significant creative and commercial opportunity for its members.”
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NMPA also recently resolved a similar issue with Twitch, not exactly approving the widespread use of licensed music on the platform, but leaving the possibility open for individual artists or labels to have their own deals with the platform – an “Opt-in” described it in almost identical language with its settlement with Roblox. NMPA said this agreement allows artists to find their audience: “From virtual shows to studio sessions, partnerships stemming from this agreement will connect the Twitch community in many ways with the music they enjoy.”
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