Peloton Sued for Unauthorized Use of Cypress Hill and House of Pain Songs


Peloton is back in the news following the whole Sex & the City debacle, this time for its alleged unauthorized use of Cypress Hill and House of Pain songs.

Billboard reports that Soul Assassins Inc., which is owned by DJ Muggs, filed a complaint last week in Los Angeles federal court that Peloton had used “Insane in the Brain,” “(Rap) Superstar” and other songs without paying him for his portions of the rights, calling the use of the tracks an "outrageous, willful infringement."

"Peloton’s use of [the songs] in its work-out videos without a license from Soul Assassins is an outrageous, willful infringement because Peloton was sued by a group of music publishers in March of 20019 for doing the exact same thing,” Mugg's lawyers wrote in the July 25 complaint. “Clearly … Peloton knew unequivocally that it had no right to use any musical composition in its exercise videos without first obtaining a license for one hundred percent of the song.”

The claim also points to Peloton's use of House of Pain's "Jump Around," which he produced and co-owns wit ha 40 percent songwriting stake. And this isn't the first time the company has been sued. Back in 2019, a coalition of music publishers said the startup was using more than 1,000 songs without securing licenses, including tracks from Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Drake.

In other DJ Muggs news, he's readying to drop his third installment of the Soul Assassins series. He also said he's working on a new project with Cee-Lo Green but hasn't yet given a release date for either project.