Several music publishers, including Warner/Chappell Music, filed a copyright suit Monday against Fullscreen, a “multichannel network,” or MCN, that helps brands and individuals manage their YouTube presence.

Their ultimate target: cover bands on YouTube. The plaintiffs are all affiliated with the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), which is in charge of collecting copyright royalties for songwriters and composers.

Anyone can jump onto YouTube and play some music from their favorite band. But now that companies like Fullscreen have become big business—based in part on the popularity of watching music videos online—they are a clear target for the NMPA.

In the NMPA’s statement, the organization emphasizes the size and commercial nature of Fullscreen, noting that it has 15,000 YouTube channels with more than 200 million subscribers, producing more than 2.5 billion unique views per month.

This lawsuit should be considered a “signal to the industry,” the NMPA stated.

A sampling of Fullscreen artists doing cover songs can be seen on the company’s Fullscreen Artist Mix channel.     

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