Internet provider Cox Communications and music publisher BMG presented their arguments to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit this week. During an oral hearing, both attorneys received tough questions about the piracy liability case. Judge Shedd noted that the legal battle is ultimately about two companies fighting over money, which puts people’s ability to access the Internet at risk.
U.S. Internet provider Windstream has given up on its preemptive ”piracy liability” case against BMG and Rightscorp. The ISP hoped to get legal clarity after it was accused of direct and contributory copyright infringement, but after an initial setback and subsequent appeal, it has now dropped the case.
According to a new filing, anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp incurred a net loss of more than $1m during the first six months of 2017, raising new doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern. The situation was so serious earlier this year that the company had to borrow $200,000 from customer BMG to settle a lawsuit. At the end of June, Rightscorp had just $1,725 in cash.
Internet subscribers who are caught downloading pirated content have no constitutional right to Internet access, BMG says. The music rights group is countering a defense ISP Cox Communications submitted to the Supreme Court, arguing that the cited ruling doesn’t apply here.
A New York federal court has dismissed the ‘piracy liability’ case U.S. Internet provider Windstream filed against music group BMG and its anti-piracy partner Rightscorp. The court rules that, without concrete examples of alleged copyright infringements, it can’t just give blanket approval to the ISPs business model.
Last year, US-based Internet provider RCN sued music publisher BMG, asking the court to declare that it’s not liable for copyright infringements committed by its customers. After dozens of filings the case, which involved anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, has suddenly come to an end, with the parties agreeing to settle their differences – in private.