Artists band together against HitPiece for allegedly listing their singles and album art as NFTs without permission

Clipping, Jack Antonoff, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Eve6 and Muna were just some who took to Twitter to slam the platform this week.

Daveed Diggs of Clipping

Daveed Diggs of Clipping, Photo: Scott Dudelson / Getty

An NFT auction site in beta is causing a major stir in the music world – for all the wrong reasons. Artists from across the music world have banded together to accuse HitPiece of listing representations of their music for big bucks without any permission.

Launched in December 2021, HitPiece positioned its auctions as ways for fans to own “one of one NFTs” of their favourite songs, packaged with the possibility of real-world experiences with said artists.

The listings, which were taken down from the site recently, appeared to be of NFTs linked to music from an impressive array of artists from The Beatles and Billie Eilish, to even artists represented by smaller, independent labels. However, it seems none of these artists were informed.

Jack Antonoff, Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Clipping, Eve6 and Muna were just some who took to Twitter to slam the platform this week.

“Hey you stupid fucks @joinhitpiece, we don’t have any deal with you or any NFT site and there SURE DOES LOOK like an active auction going on for a Speedy Ortiz song,” wrote Dupuis in one of her tweets denouncing the platform.

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HitPiece has responded to the backlash in several ways. Its auction platform has been replaced by a landing page with the statement: “We Started The Conversation And We’re Listening.”

The platform issued a statement on Twitter: “Clearly we have struck a nerve and are very eager to create the ideal experience for music fans. To be clear, artists get paid when digital goods are sold on HitPiece. Like all beta products, we are continuing to listen to all user feedback and are committed to evolving the product to fit the needs of the artists, labels, and fans alike.”

According to Billboard, the technology that lets artists and rights owners receive compensation is still being built. “The ability of artists or owners to be paid is a functionality that HitPiece is developing,” a HitPiece representative told the publication, clarifying that it “never used or sold any copyright music without permission” and doesn’t intend to.

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