Peloton riders might notice fewer classes at their disposal after the company announced they were pulling any classes that featured songs that were named in a $150 million music rights lawsuit.
In a letter to Peloton subscribers (including one Blast staffer pedaling away like a mad man), founder and CEO John Foley told the company’s members, “As I’m sure some of you are aware, a complaint was recently filed against Peloton by a small group of music publishers. It is important that you hear directly from me on this, and I’ll share what I can here.”
Foley called the lawsuit “unfortunate and disappointing” and said “out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to remove classes that feature songs that were identified by these publishers.”
“While you may notice this in the near term,” Foley wrote, “I can assure you that this will not affect your experience with (or the cost of) our service, or access to the kind of music you’re used to hearing behind our instructors in the thousands of classes in our library.”
As The Blast previously reported, 15 music publishers banded together to sue the exercise bike company for more than $150 million.
The companies claim Peloton has used over 1,000 of their songs in videos it makes available to their hundreds of thousands of customers.