Sony Music ends copyright fight with Gymshark over social media posts

Sony Music has agreed to drop a lawsuit against Gymshark over the British fitness-apparel startup’s alleged misuse of its songs, court documents show.

The companies said in a Tuesday filing in Los Angeles federal court that they agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, which means it can’t be refiled.

Sony Music’s attorney Rollin Ransom of Sidley Austin confirmed Wednesday that the parties settled the dispute. He declined to offer additional details

Sony Music sued Gymshark last year, claiming the company had soundtracked its social media ads with hundreds of songs by some of the label’s most popular artists — like Beyonce, Harry Styles, and Britney Spears — without its permission.

Solihull, England-based Gymshark has been valued at over $1 billion, and opened its first U.S. distribution center last year.

The complaint said Gymshark promotes its products largely through platforms like TikTok and Instagram, and said its alleged infringement in those “social media commercials” was “blatant, willful, and repeated.”