I'm sure you've seen Peloton vans all over the roads. This insanely popular and successful indoor workout company is now being sued by several different music publishing companies for the use of thousands of unlicensed songs from artists like Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Drake. They did not acquire any rights whatsoever to play numerous hit songs featured int heir wildly popular workout videos.
“The best analogy to this would be is if a movie used music and didn’t have permission,” National Music Publishers Association president and CEO David Israelite tells Rolling Stone. “In 2017, we became aware that Peloton published playlists of music and some songs had been licensed while others had not. We engaged in what we thought was a good faith effort to try and resolve the issue, and when that didn’t lead to an acceptable result, we felt we had no alternative.” Plaintiffs in the suit include Downtown Music Publishing, Pulse Music Publishing, Ole, Ultra Music and The Royalty Network, and the thousand-odd songs represented include hits such as Maroon 5’s “Animals,” Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” Kesha’s “Die Young,” and theA Star Is Bornhit “Shallow.”