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Label lawsuits target US ISP and Russian stream-ripping sites

Major labels’s latest copyright lawsuits are fighting on two fronts: the US and Russia. The first concerns a new copyright-infringement liability lawsuit filed against American ISP Cox Communications by Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Bros Records among others.

The case treads a similar path to a previous lawsuit against Cox from BMG, which was overturned on appeal. The argument being that the ISP knowingly profited from the piracy of its customers, and “deliberately refused to take reasonable measures to curb its customers from using its Internet services to infringe on others’ copyrights — even once Cox became aware of particular customers engaging in specific, repeated acts of infringement”.

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RIAA files lawsuit against ISP Grande Communications

Over the last two years we’ve covered the DMCA-related court case between BMG and American ISP Cox Communications.

Now there’s another case brewing with similar issues. The RIAA – representing Universal Music, Capitol Records, Warner Bros, Sony Music, Arista Records, Atlantic Records and others – has filed a lawsuit against Texas-based ISP Grande Communications.

At issue: alleged copyright infringement by customers of the ISP, and claims of its lax policy against repeat offenders.

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Court rules that Swedish ISP must block The Pirate Bay

The ISP-level torrents-blocking trend has spread to the home country of The Pirate Bay. A court of appeal in Sweden has ruled that local ISP Bredbandsbolaget must block the venerable piracy site for the next three years, according to TorrentFreak.

The ruling relates to a case originally brought by the three major labels as well as movie-industry bodies, which targeted The Pirate Bay and streaming site Swefilmer. In November 2015, Bredbandsbolaget prevailed in a ruling that found the ISP to be not liable for copyright infringement by its customers, but the music and movie rightsholders appealed, and have emerged as the winners this time round.

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BMG prevails in copyright battle with Cox Communications

American ISP Cox Communications has lost its copyright-infringement battle with music publisher BMG, in a high-profile case that saw the telco denied the ability to use a safe-harbour defence.

A Virginia federal jury awarded BMG $25m of damages in a case that hinged on Cox’s policies for passing on settlement letters from BMG’s anti-piracy partner Rightscorp, as well as its approach to repeat infringers among its customers.