Cox Communications, one of the largest telecoms companies in the U.S., is being sued by a pair of music publishers for refusing to disconnect persistent music pirates. Evidence in the case is being provided by Rightscorp, who say that ISPs lose their safe hartvbor protections if they fail to take action against repeat infringers.
Since February 2013, five U.S. Internet providers have been sending so-called ‘Copyright Alerts’ to subscribers who use BitTorrent to pirate movies, TV-shows and music.
AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon are all participants in the scheme while telecoms giant Cox Communications chose to opt out. Instead, the company operates its own “strikes” program but by some rightsholders’ standards, the ISP simply isn’t doing enough.
According to WSJ, two music publishers – BMG Rights Management LLC and Round Hill Music LP – have just sued Cox for failing to disconnect customers who allegedly infringed on the companies’ rights multiple times.