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Cox Must Pay BMG $25M For User Piracy, Jury Finds

Law360, Washington (December 17, 2015, 12:38 PM EST) -- Internet service provider Cox Communications must pay music publisher BMG Rights Management $25 million for turning a blind eye to illegal music downloads by its subscribers, a Virginia federal jury found in a verdict Thursday, holding the ISP guilty of willful contributory copyright infringement.

The six-person jury’s decision comes a day after the parties wrapped up a two-week trial of BMG’s lawsuit, which targeted Cox’s alleged policy of re-activating the accounts of repeat infringers in order to hold on to subscriber revenue.

The jury did not find Cox was liable for vicarious copyright infringement, or profiting from the illegal downloads, as...

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November 26, 2014

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