Cox Takes DMCA Safe Harbor Battle To 4th Circ.

By Bill Donahue (August 19, 2016, 11:05 AM EDT) -- Cox Communications launched an appeal Thursday at the Fourth Circuit in a closely watched case over whether the broadband provider forfeited the immunity of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by not blocking music piracy by its subscribers.

A federal judge ruled in November that Cox had put itself outside the DMCA's so-called safe harbor — which immunizes internet service providers from most liability over the actions of their subscribers — by failing to shut down accounts that repeatedly downloaded music illegally.

That ruling cleared the path for a $25 million jury verdict in December that Cox was liable for willful contributory...

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