Atlanta Business Journal: Cox Communications sued by two music publishers over piracy

BMG controls rights to songs by artists that include Lenny Kravitz (shown), David Bowie and Johnny Cash.

BMG controls rights to songs by artists that include Lenny Kravitz (shown), David Bowie and Johnny Cash.

By Carla Caldwell | Atlanta Business Journal

Two music publishers - BMG Rights Management LLC and Round Hill Music LP – have sued Atlanta-based Cox Communications Inc., claiming that Cox deliberately turns a blind eye to illegal downloading by its subscribers.

BMG and Round Hill, each of which controls the publishing rights to a number of well-known artists, claim such behavior by Cox violates federal copyright law, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A complaint filed in federal court in Alexandria, Va., claims Cox does not terminate subscribers and account holders who download the music because it would cause Cox to lose money.

A Cox representative declined to comment, the WSJ said.

Click here to read the WSJ report.