Since March of this year, fitness company Peloton, maker of exercise bikes, is in the middle of a strong legal battle with a group of music publishers, members of the National Music Publisher’s Association, after they accused it of infringing copyright of more than 1,000 works of art.

Apparently, the plaintiffs claimed that the company, which also sold workout videos to the beat of popular songs, made use of the works of their artists without requesting and paying for the necessary licenses to be able to use a song in a video.

Arguing that Peloton knew they had to request licenses, and given that they are not only infringing copyright since 2014 but that the music in question has become a pillar of the products they sell, the publishers asked 150 million dollars in damages.

On its end, Peloton accused Plaintiffs of conspiring with the National Music Publisher’s Association to set the sync rates of their songs, claiming “torturous interference” to prevent Peloton from reaching individual agreements with publishers.

Faced with this accusations, the publishers presented on the month of June a series of documents denying the accusations and explaining that “mere participation in commercial organizations and industry events is not, in itself, proof of collusion,” and that if that is Peloton’s only defense, it means they have no arguments to defend themselves.

They also added that Peloton “hasn’t been able to identify a single licensing agreement with an editorial that could not come to fruition because of the NMPA’s interference.”

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