Charter Profited From Users' Music Pirating, Major Labels Say

Law360 (March 22, 2019, 11:01 PM EDT) -- A who's who of the music industry's top record labels accused Charter Communications Friday of allegedly contributing to, and profiting off of, the "massive copyright infringement" of thousands of its users.

In a 27-page complaint filed in Colorado federal court, Warner Bros. Records Inc., Atlantic Recording Corp., Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Corp. said Charter subscribers blatantly illegally downloaded, copied and distributed copyrighted music through BitTorrent and other online file-sharing services.

The infringement caused "great harm" to the labels, recording artists and songwriters, they said.

And rather than working with the labels to curb the problem, Charter — which conducts...

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