Don’t we all enjoy listening to music while working out? That’s why there are numerous easy-access ways for people to listen to high-energy music for that intense workout routine.
One such mobile app is by Atlanta-based FIT Radio, which offers its listeners with music of various genres that’s curated by DJ’s. You get to listen to more than 40 different music genres and some of the hottest artist today such as Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Jason Derulo.
The fee to listen to the stations costs $3.99 per month, $27.99 per year or $79.99 for life. That all sounds good, right?
Well, Sony, Warner Bros., Capitol Records and others sued FIT Radio for copyright infringement. These companies are stating that the app is not paying any royalties or licensing to stream the songs on the app.
While Pandora, the online music streaming site, has a statutory license to stream music, the lawsuit claims that FIT Radio is not applicable to use that license. According to the suit, this is because FIT Radio is interactive and allows users to skip numerous songs while listening to a station.
The attorney for the plaintiffs James Lamberth said, “Fit Radio has achieved this success because it infringes and facilitates the infringement of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted sound recordings on a massive scale.”
In the lawsuit, which was filed last week in a Georgia Federal Court, the plaintiffs are seeking statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringed work.
The Recording Industry Association of America submitted this statement: “Consumers have numerous options for digital music services, including licensed fitness apps that partner with music creators. Fit Radio has failed to obtain the proper licenses for music, denying artists and labels the royalties they deserve. This action demonstrates our commitment to fostering and protecting the legitimate marketplace for both creators and consumers.”
Read more about the lawsuit here.