Publishers representing the writers of songs by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and hundreds of other artists sued Peloton Interactive Inc. last week. The group is suing for $150 million, accusing the creator of video-streaming stationary bicycles of copyright infringement by using over 1,000 works from artists in its exercise classes, without obtaining rights.
The group stated Peloton must stop “trampling” their rights by using their songs without paying, and that the company “fully understood what the copyright law required” since it has obtained song licenses from other publishers.
Walter Biscardi, Jr., Executive Creative Director at High Road Craft Ice Cream, Inc., agrees with the complaint. He wrote: “Just because you can download Lady Gaga’s latest music to your computer or mobile device doesn’t mean you can use it in your video or live stream. Paying for that download means you can listen to the music yourself, through your own listening device.”
Peloton shared in a statement, that it is reviewing the complaint. It also stated it has “great respect for songwriters and artists” and has “invested heavily to build a best-in-breed reporting and licensing system.”
Many people voiced their opinions on social media about how they aren’t surprised at all and feel this is just the beginning of many more lawsuits. “I worked in the fitness business for four-five years part-time. Saw this one coming, surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. There are tens of thousands of gyms/studios/instructors using unlicensed music,” share Patrick Welby, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Pro-Ject.