Peloton has allegedly been using music in their workout videos for years that they did not have the rights to, so now a group of music publishers have banded together to sue the exercise bike company for more than $150 million.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, 15 different companies claim Peloton has used over 1,000 of their songs in videos it makes available to their hundreds of thousands of customers.
The companies claim Peloton knew exactly what they were doing because they have licenses with plenty of other copyright holders but just not with them.
They allege that the music is “essential” to creating Peloton’s exercise videos. They claim Peloton “publishes the music playlists for some of its archived videos and offers consumers the ability to select workout classes based on the type of music they want to hear, allowing them to choose a class focusing on, for example, classic rock, contemporary pop, electronic, hip hop or country, among other genres.”
The companies are suing for copyright infringement and say they are seeking to “recover more than $150,000,000 in damages from Peloton.”
A rep for Peloton tells The Blast, “We just received the complaint this morning, and we are evaluating it. Peloton has great respect for songwriters and artists. In fact, we have partnered with each of the major music publishers, record labels and performing rights organizations, and many leading independents. We have also invested heavily to build a best-in-breed reporting and licensing system to support our partners and provide our members with a world-class fitness experience.”