Twitter Sued by Music Publishers for $250 Million

A group of 17 music publishers, including Sony and Universal Music, have filed a lawsuit against Twitter for $250 million, alleging that the social media platform has allowed users to post copyrighted songs without permission.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, claims that Twitter has "knowingly and willfully infringed" the copyrights of the music publishers by allowing users to upload and share songs without a license. The publishers allege that Twitter has benefited from this infringement by attracting and retaining users who are interested in music, and by selling advertising that is targeted to these users.

Twitter has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

This is not the first time that Twitter has been accused of copyright infringement. In 2016, the company was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for $1.5 billion for allowing users to upload and share copyrighted music. The RIAA's lawsuit was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount.

The latest lawsuit against Twitter is a sign that the music industry is increasingly taking steps to protect its copyrights online. As more and more people use social media platforms to share music, the music industry is facing a growing challenge in enforcing its copyrights.

It remains to be seen whether Twitter will be found liable for copyright infringement in this case. However, the lawsuit is a reminder that social media platforms can be held liable for the content that their users upload.

If you are a music publisher, it is important to be aware of the copyright laws and to take steps to protect your copyrights online. You can do this by using copyright management tools, such as watermarks and digital rights management (DRM) technology, and by monitoring social media platforms for unauthorized use of your music.

If you believe that your copyrights have been infringed, you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.

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