Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

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By edhat staff

A federal jury has found Cox Communications liable to pay $1 billion to music labels and publishers over piracy infringement.

Last summer over 50 music companies filed a lawsuit accusing Cox of ignoring infringement notices for allowing customers to illegally download music. 

Sony Music, Warner Music Group, EMI, and Universal Music Group were just a few named in the lawsuit accusing the telecom company of ignoring the piracy of more than 10,000 musical works.

“Cox received hundreds of thousands of notices of infringement and did not adequately respond or comply with its obligations to stop its subscribers from infringing on peer to peer networks,” the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) said.

Cox plans to appeal the decision and called the liability payment "unjust" and "excessive."

"We provide customers with a powerful tool that connects to a world full of content and information. Unfortunately, some customers have chosen to use that connection for wrongful activity,” the company said in a statement.

Other telecom companies such as Charter Communications and RCN have similar lawsuits pending against them.

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FernaldPoint93108 Dec 27, 2019 01:40 PM
Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

By this theory the state and local governments should be liable because criminals use roads.

a-1577484610 Dec 27, 2019 02:10 PM
Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

They can well afford it. They shouldn't allow downloads. Period. They had multiple warnings, and in their arrogant corporate stance, ignored them. The musicians need the dough.

stewart14 Dec 27, 2019 03:28 PM
Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

Shouldn't allow downloads? OK? What in the heck do you think the internet is? Just for checking email? Don't you know that using services such as Netflix, your email, even browsing are all downloading info? My goodness some are out of touch!

a-1577502226 Dec 27, 2019 07:03 PM
Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

No need to replicate other's proprietary audio files. You can listen. Just don't copy and disseminate.

a-1577502074 Dec 27, 2019 07:01 PM
Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

You're not listening to the good stuff. There's still a lot a good out there. Check out Ranky Panky (up for a grammy and coming to UCSB in April) and other local Americana music. All good, authentic, and good musicianship and vocals. Forget the big record companies.

a-1577576134 Dec 28, 2019 03:35 PM
Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

Yes, Ranky Tanky! Sunday April 19` at Campbell. They were scheduled for Jan. 26 but will be at the Grammys that day.

sbdude Dec 27, 2019 02:30 PM
Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

Sadly, little if any of this money will go to the actual musicians who created the music. Music company contracts are not typically lucrative for anyone other than the company.

ScottDeVries Dec 27, 2019 04:59 PM
Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

Presumably, Cox will now file legal action against all customers who have downloaded music. I assume they keep records of IP addresses on their servers.

EastBeach Dec 28, 2019 01:44 PM
Cox to Pay $1 Billion in Piracy Case

Back in the 90's everyone was using Napster, Limewire, and then Bittorrent for peer-to-peer networking. Then came offshore VPN's to hide your IP address. This article seems to imply people are still using Bittorrent without masking by a VPN?

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