Record companies sue ISP to piracy




Two record companies have filed a lawsuit in the US against Cox Communications, a cable provider. The music publishers argue that the ISP is responsible for illegally downloading music from its customers.

The complaint was filed in a US court in the state of Virginia, as Ars Technica discovered who owned the court documents received . In the case put prosecutors BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music that Cox Communications does too little to warn its customers as they engage in piracy. The music labels claim to have 200,000 customers identified that they consider to be ‘repeat offenders’. Cox them informed, but would no complaints from the music labels want to send it to his customers.

Because Cox according to prosecutors not cooperate in addressing customers who illegally download content, they are jointly responsible for copyright infringement, reads the indictment. Therefore, BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music to see compensation and that Cox is obliged to send warnings about copyright infringement to its customers.

Normally complain music labels individual Internet users for illegal downloading and copyright infringement. Moving the legal fight to the ISPs can have major consequences. The precedent would ISPs can get more obligations to act as a digital policeman. In Europe ISPs particularly sued to ensure that they block piracy websites.

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