Fresh Off a Major Victory, the Music Industry Sues Charter Communications

How many extra ISPs will the music trade sue?

Multiple ISPs within the United States are at present embroiled in lawsuits introduced on by the music trade.

Cox Communications, for instance, for a tough courtroom battle in opposition to main labels in Virginia.

The ISP hasn’t had a good time there.  At the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a federal decide primarily stripped the ISP of copyright immunities earlier this 12 months.  Cox later acquired the order to pay BMG $25 million.  A federal decide just lately denied the ISP’s request to alter the courtroom venue to its dwelling district of Georgia.

Grande Communications hasn’t fared a lot better.  Represented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), main labels – together with Sony Music, Warner, and Universal – have an enormous victory.  A Justice of the Peace decide stripped the Texas-based ISP of its protected harbor protection, guaranteeing the RIAA a win.

Now, contemporary off the heels of that victory, the music trade has taken Charter Communications to courtroom.

Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic Recording Corp., Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Corp., amongst many different music corporations, have filed a 27-page criticism in a Colorado federal courtroom.  They accuse the ISP of contributing to and taking advantage of the “large copyright infringement” of its subscribers.

Thousands of Charter’s subscribers have willfully downloaded, copied, and distributed copyrighted music via BitTorrent in addition to different providers.  This has brought about “nice hurt” to labels, artists, and songwriters.

Charter, which does enterprise as Spectrum, has outright refused to work with labels to resolve this drawback.  Instead, the labels declare the ISP has chosen “to prioritize its personal earnings over its authorized obligations.”  This contains not coping with a whole bunch of hundreds of statutory infringement notices from the music trade.

Thus, say the labels, Charter has willingly operated its web service as “a gorgeous software and protected haven for infringement.”

Indeed, for years, Charter intentionally refused to take affordable measures to curb customers from utilizing its web providers to infringe on different copyrights, together with plaintiffs’ copyrights — even after Charter turned conscious of specific clients partaking in particular, repeated acts of infringement.

The labels added it’s “well-established legislation” Charter has willfully ignored pirating on its service.

Despite its professed dedication to taking motion in opposition to repeat offenders, Charter routinely thumbed its nostril at [the labels] by persevering with to supply service to subscribers it knew to be serially infringing copyrighted sound recordings and musical compositions.

Because of this, Charter has attracted, retained, and charged infringing customers increased charges.

The document corporations have requested for unspecified damages for infringement between March 2013 and May 2016.

You can view the lawsuit beneath.


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83% of All Music, Film & TV Piracy Is Motivated by a Lack of Paid Options

According to research group Muso, most people know that piracy is wrong, but do it anyway.

Want to know the reason why people pirate media content?  Because they can’t find any legal alternatives.  That’s according to a new study published by British anti-piracy firm, Muso.

Apparently, this is a bigger problem than the industry thinks.  The group previously found that piracy rose 1.6% around the world in 2017.

Surveying 1,000 UK adults CitizenMe, an app that rewards users for completing surveys, Muso found that 60% admitted to illegally downloading or streaming music, film, and TV programs.  Of those, a whopping 83% they had tried to find the content on existing streaming services before pirating.

Of course, these are self-reported surveys, which can lead to serious inaccuracies.  That’s especially true when it comes to piracy, given that the activity being self-reported is illegal.  Still, a very large percentage admitted to piracy.

53% felt that accessing content illegally is wrong, but did it anyway.  But, why?


35.2% respondents cited a cost barrier as the reason behind illegal downloads and content streaming.  Basically, they can’t afford to download or stream music, movies, and TV series legally.

34.9% claimed they couldn’t find their preferred media content on existing subscription services or channels.  34.7% said that companies simply hadn’t made the content available where they live.  They had only pirated media content to circumvent that problem.

Speaking on the study’s surprising results, Paul Briley, CCO Muso, said,

In fact, the survey’s next findings support his hypothesis.

A whopping 86% all respondents have already subscribed to a streaming service, including Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch their favorite movies and TV shows.  To stream their favorite music, a large percentage had an existing subscription to Spotify Premium or Apple Music.  Among admitted ‘pirates,’ the number jumped to 91%.

The study underscores one key fact.  The growing availability streaming services – whether music, film, or television – has yet to eliminate existing piracy habits.  In fact, music and media companies may never completely eradicate piracy.

Briley continued,

So, how can music and media companies fix this problem in the long run?  According to Bailey, they should make an effort to engage with their existing audience.


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