Downloaders Beware? Judge Rules Against Cox in Copyright Battle

16 05 2016

U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady recently made the most far-reaching decision to date in the high-profile battle between Cox Communications Inc. and two music publishers over illegal downloads, ruling that federal copyright law doesn’t shield the cable giant from liability for illegal music downloading by its subscribers.

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Experts Weigh in on Impact of EU Data Ruling

18 11 2015

Wall Street Journal

October 6, 2015

Jacob Gershman

The European Union’s highest court knocked down a trans-Atlantic pact used by thousands of companies governing data flow from Europe to the United States since the early Internet years. Here’s what legal experts, scholars and other commentators are saying about the latest private ruling out of Europe.

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‘Safe Harbor’ Data-Transfer Pact — At A Glance

18 11 2015

WSJ.D Tech

October 6, 2015

Sam Schechner

The European Union’s top court has invalidated a 15-year-old data-transfer pact called “Safe Harbor.” Here’s what the decision means for consumers, companies, and regulators:

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Authors Guild demands ISPs monitor, filter Internet of pirated goods

15 07 2015

The Authors Guild, one of the nation’s top writer’s groups, wants the US Congress to overhaul copyright law and require ISPs to monitor and filter the Internet of pirated materials, including e-books.

The guild, in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee as it mulls changes to copyright law, says the notice-and-takedown provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act favor large corporations like Google over individual writers. The group said that ISPs purge the Internet of infringing content on their own. As the law now stands, ISPs are not legally liable for pirated content, and they get “safe harbor” immunity from infringement allegations as long as they remove infringing content at the owners’ request.

 

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In high-stakes copyright suit, Cox’s “top infringers” beg for privacy

10 07 2015

In November, BMG Music and Round Hill Music did what some copyright holders have long threatened: they sued a large ISP, Cox Communications, seeking to hold it responsible for the piracy taking place on its network.

Cox wasn’t forwarding infringement notices sent out by Rightscorp, the digital copyright enforcer BMG and Round Hill had hired to send out millions of notices. (That company famously offers to settle copyright claims for $20 per song.) By effectively protecting determined pirates on its system, Cox was violating copyright law, BMG lawyers argue.

It’s a case that has potentially big ramifications, and it’s a gamble for the music publisher plaintiffs. If a judge finds Cox liable for the actions of users on its network, it will have implications for the whole cable industry. If a ruling goes the other way, the little leverage that an anti-piracy outfit like Rightscorp has could evaporate.

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