Record label lawsuits against ISPs for piracy conducted by the latter’s customers feels like a story from a different age.
BMG secures settlement from ISP Cox over copyright case
BMG and American ISP Cox Communications have settled their legal battle over whether the ISP was liable for ‘contributory copyright infringement’.
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”.
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.
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.
British ISPs to send out piracy warning letters
Several British ISPs will this month begin sending out ‘educational’ emails (i.e. warnings) to customers accused of online copyright infringement. That’s according to industry site ISPreview, which reports that major ISPs BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky are complying with the British government’s Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme.
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.
Australian anti-piracy measures move closer to becoming law
It has been brewing for a while and a bill was introduced in March, now it seems Australia’s anti-piracy legislative measures are well on their way to be implement in […]
UK ISPs ordered to block snide e-book sites
Something for the UK record industry to both cheer about and also feel slightly envious towards. The UK High Court has ruled that the country’s ISPs have to block access […]
Major labels sue filesharing site MP3Skull
Music filesharing site MP3Skull is being sued by all of the major labels, in a lawsuit filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida that describes […]
Anti-piracy updates: Ireland, Spain, Denmark
The focus for anti-piracy measures has well and truly shifted back to ISPs in recent years. Some latest updates from the anti-piracy barricades, then, starting with Ireland. The High Court […]
17 more piracy sites to be blocked by UK ISPs
The BPI and PPL are continuing to target piracy sites through High Court orders in the UK, forcing ISPs to block access to them. 17 music download sites have just […]