Peloton Sued Using Artist Music Without Permission

Publishers sue Peloton for using songs by Katy Perry Rihanna Timberlake others

Publishers sue Peloton for using songs by Katy Perry Rihanna Timberlake others

Peloton's use of music in its streaming classes has resulted in a $150 million lawsuit from publishers.

The complaint alleges that Peloton used many songs without a synchronization (or "sync") license, which is similar to a public performance license but only applies to musical material listened to by multiple people simultaneously via digital channels.

The NMPA says that Peloton has released music-driven videos featuring unlicensed music by artists such as Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Thomas Rhett, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Florida Georgia Line, Drake and Gwen Stefani.

"Peloton is a textbook willful infringer", the lawsuit claims. Foley said the idea of Peloton bikes was born out of his personal struggle to fit studio cycling classes into his busy work schedule and that a key tenet driving the actual product development was his observation that "what seemed to draw people to those expensive cycling classes was usually a favorite instructor or music playlist more than the brand itself".

Peretz told CNN Business that Peloton might have thought it was covered with the type of license that allows places like bars and gyms to play music.

"Unfortunately, instead of recognizing the integral role of songwriters to its company, Peloton has built its business by using their work without their permission or fair compensation for years", the association said in a statement Tuesday.

"We look forward to getting music creators what they deserve", he said.

Disclosed in a published statement, the videos - which are also distributed in Australia - have cost songwriters thousands of dollars in lost income.

As The Verge reports, "We just received the complaint this morning, and we are evaluating it", a representative from Peloton told The Verge.

The spokesperson also said the company has "invested heavily" in a reporting and licensing system that helps support its partnerships.

The company is now valued at $4 billion and, according to The Wall Street Journal, is making steps toward an IPO this year.