🎶 The music industry believes the app Roblox is teaching young children how to pirate music
Move over Napster, Sean Parker and Limewire, the music industry has a new target for lawsuits, and it’s called Roblox.
Roblox is an online gaming platform popular with children: It lets users create their own shareable games. Revenues soared in 2020, topping $500 million.
Music is part of the game system, too: People can upload songs from popular artists like Ariana Grande and Imagine Dragons in the video games they create. The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has sued, alleging Roblox is hosting a library filled with unlicensed content.
But the music industry’s beef goes beyond licensing
Yes, the NMPA wrote that Roblox “actively preys on its impressionable user base and their desire for popular music, teaching children that pirating music is perfectly acceptable.”
Maybe this just means Roblox has hit the big time. The music industry has gone after YouTube and Twitch over copyright issues in recent years, too.