SlashGear: Cox Communications Sued by Music Publishers

By Shane McGlaun | Slashgear

Cox Communications is one of the largest cable and internet providers in the country. Cox has found itself in the middle of a legal battle with a pair of music publishers after Cox refused to disconnect persistent music pirates. Rightscorp is involved in the case and claims that ISPs lose safe harbor protections if they fail to take action against users on their service that repeatedly violate copyright law.

 

Fire major ISPs in the US have been sending Copyright Alerts to subscribers that use BitTorrent to pirate movies, TV, and music since February of 2013. Those major firms include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon. Cox Communications refused to participate in the program and is instead using its own strikes program for copyright infringers.

 

Some copyright holders in the music industry think the Cox program doesn't do enough. BMG Rights Management LLC and Round Hill Music LP have now filed suit against Cox for not disconnecting customers who have allegedly infringed copyright held by these two firms multiple times.

 

Those two management firms control the rights to songs by artists including Katy Perry, The Beatles, and David Bowie among others. AT&T has stated in the past that it would not terminate customer accounts without a court order. It noted only the court could decide what constitutes a repeat offender.