Epidemic Sound has sued Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta for storing, curating, reproducing and distributing its music without permission at the rate of more than 80,000 violations per day.
The company says Epidemic’s music is available in millions of videos that have been viewed billions of times as a result of Meta’s actions. It claims that there are approximately 50,000 new uploads on Facebook and 30,000 new uploads on Instagram containing its stolen music every day and estimates that 94% of the content using Epidemic’s music on Meta’s platforms is unlicensed and thus constitute an injury.
Epidemic Sound describes itself as a global music label and publisher with a catalog of over 38,000 musical works spanning 160 genres designed for use in video content, television and film production, podcasts, music streaming platforms and other media.
In court documents filed July 20, Epidemic Sound says that Meta stored, curated, reproduced and distributed his music without permission by posting his music without proper attribution or license to at least hundreds of his copyrighted works on both Facebook and also offered free Instagram.
It describes the theft as “rampant” 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, allowing them to download, stream and convert into video content to integrate for free without license or authorization.
“Additionally, Meta has developed tools – Original Audio and Reels Remix – that enable and encourage its users to steal Epidemic’s music from another user’s posted video content and use it in their own subsequent videos, leading to exponential violations.” Meta’s platform through Meta’s hands. ” Epidemic continues.
“To the best of our knowledge and belief, there are currently nearly 1,000 tracks from Epidemic stored, curated, reproduced, distributed and/or otherwise exploited by Meta through its music library or content copying tools, Original Audio and Reels Remix.”
Epidemic says it’s not just the theft, but the fact that Meta “deliberately” prevented Epidemic from protecting its music catalog.
“Meta provides rightsholders with specific rights management tools designed to enable copyright owners to identify, protect and derive value from their works. “Meta has repeatedly denied Epidemic access to its music content rights management tool without legitimate justification,” the company said.
“The rationale is clear: Meta knows that when it is forced to acknowledge Epidemic’s undeniable ownership of its content, it must compensate Epidemic appropriately for something it has been unwilling to do, despite repeated reports of violations. Meta’s failure to provide Epidemic with access to this tool is inexcusable.”
Epidemic Sound says it has attempted to work with Meta to address the thefts and says that despite repeated reports of violations and requests for access to the 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 lawsuit Meta says it has pursued with many other rightsholders.
“Perhaps Meta is hoping it will intimidate a company like Epidemic into bowing to Meta rather than incurring the disruptions and costs of litigation. Meta is wrong,” Epidemic writes in the court filing.
“Meta is stealing thousands of songs from Epidemic at any given time. Worse, it knows it’s doing this and refuses to do anything to stop it, let alone pay to use the works it’s using without a license. Epidemic is bringing this suit to stop this outright theft.”
Epidemic Sound is demanding a statement that Meta violated his rights, that the violation was intentional, a permanent injunction against Mega’s abusive conduct, and damages for the theft and his attorney’s fees.
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