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.
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.
Last week the Supreme Court ruled that convicted sex offenders can’t be barred from social media, as that would violate their free speech rights. Internet provider Cox Communications argues that if this is the case, then pirating subscribers should certainly not be disconnected from the Internet solely based on copyright holder complaints.