Epidemic Sound sues Meta for ‘creeping’ theft of his music tracks

Epidemic Sound has sued Facebook and Instagram’s parent company Meta for storing, retaining, reproducing and distributing its music without permission for more than 80,000 violations a day.

The company claims that as a result of Meta’s actions, Epidemic’s music is available on millions of videos that have been viewed billions of times. He claims that there are approximately 50,000 new Facebook uploads and 30,000 new Instagram uploads daily that contain his stolen music, and estimates that 94% of content using Epidemic music on Meta’s platforms is unlicensed and therefore in violation.

Epidemic Sound describes itself as a global music label and publisher with a catalog of over 38,000 musical works in 160 genres, designed for use in video content, television and film productions, podcasts, music streaming platforms and other media.

In court documents filed July 20, Epidemic Sound says Meta stored, preserved, reproduced and distributed his music without permission by offering his music for free without attribution or proper licensing on at least hundreds of his copyrighted works. author on Facebook and Instagram.

He describes the theft as “crawling” and on a “massive scale” and accuses Meta of offering the music production company’s works through a “music library” that any user can access and allows them to download, play, and play. broadcast and incorporate them into video content. free without license or permission.

“Furthermore, Meta has created tools – Original Audio and Reels Remix – which encourage and enable its users to steal Epidemic’s music from video content posted by another user and use it in their own subsequent videos. , resulting in exponential breaches on Meta’s platform, at the hands of Meta, “The epidemic continues.

“Based on information and beliefs, there are currently nearly 1,000 Epidemic tracks that are stored, curated, reproduced, distributed and/or otherwise exploited by Meta through its music library or content copying tools, Original Audio and Reels Remix.”

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Epidemic says it’s not just the theft, but the fact that Meta “deliberately” prevented Epidemic from protecting its music catalog.

“Meta offers rights owners certain rights management tools designed to enable copyright owners to identify, protect and enhance their works. Meta has repeatedly denied Epidemic access to the rights management tool for music content, without a legitimate explanation,” the company says.

“The reasoning is clear: Meta knows that if it is forced to acknowledge Epidemic’s undeniable ownership of its content, it will have to properly indemnify Epidemic, which it has been unwilling to do despite repeated notices of infringement. Meta’s failure to provide Epidemic with access to this tool is inexcusable.

Epidemic Sound says it has tried to work with Meta to combat theft and says that despite repeated infringement notices and requests for access to tools that would help stop the problem, Meta has not complied. The music publisher says Meta has also refused to enter into a license with Epidemic, a process it claims Meta has done with many other rights holders.

“Perhaps Meta is hoping this will intimidate a company like Epidemic into bowing to Meta rather than incurring the disruption and expense of a lawsuit. Meta is wrong,” Epidemic writes in the court filing. .

“Meta is stealing thousands of songs from Epidemic at all times. Worse still, it knows it is doing it and refuses to do anything to stop it let alone pay to use the works it uses without Epidemic brings this suit to stop this outright theft.

Epidemic Sound is seeking a declaration that Meta infringed its rights, that the infringement was willful, a permanent injunction against Mega’s wrongful conduct, as well as damages for the theft and the cost of its attorneys’ fees.


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