Music Publishers Call Peloton’s Antitrust Counterclaims Baseless

June 25, 2019, 5:09 PM

The National Music Publishers’ Association and 15 companies accusing Peloton Interactive Inc. of copyright infringement say the exercise giant’s antitrust counterclaims are meritless.

The $150 million lawsuit accuses Peloton, which offers live-streamed and prerecorded spin classes through screens attached to stationary bikes, of building a $4 billion “music-centric brand” using copyrighted songs it doesn’t have permission to play. The NMPA isn’t a party to the infringement claims.

“Having no defense to its copyright infringement, Peloton resorts to the timeworn tactic of asserting a baseless antitrust counterclaim,” the NMPA and music publishers say in their June 24 motion to dismiss.

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