Peloton Fires Back at Music Trade Group in Copyright Fight (1)

April 30, 2019, 3:20 PMUpdated: April 30, 2019, 8:29 PM

Peloton Interactive Inc. accused the National Music Publishers Association of anticompetitive practices after individual publishers sued the exercise bike maker for copyright infringement, according to a court filing.

Peloton’s answer and counterclaim, filed April 30, alleged the NMPA demanded “supracompetitive” licensing prices for all its members—including publishers whose music Peloton didn’t want. When talks broke down, the association allegedly sabotaged Peloton’s negotiations with individual publishers and orchestrated a lawsuit in violation of antitrust law.

More than a dozen music publishers sued Peloton in March after the company incorporated music into their exercise bike workout videos through their subscription service. The ...

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