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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US ISP Refused to Disclose Data in Piracy Case

US ISP Refused to Disclose Data in Piracy Case

US ISP Refused to Disclose Data in Piracy Case

Added: Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
American Internet service provider Cox Communications refused to reveal financial details in a piracy case. Music publishers currently sue the ISP for a failure to disconnect 200,000 subscribers who are “repeat copyright infringers”. The copyright owners want to receive detailed financial data in order to prove that the ISP profits from its inaction in the case.

Cox Communications forwards DMCA notices to its customers and has a strict set of rules in place to ensure that the subscribers understand the severity of the allegations. But the entertainment industry claimed that the ISP is doing not enough and sued Cox, accusing it of failure to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers.

This case may appear a critical precedent for the repeat infringer clause of the DMCA, and – consequently – the safe harbor protections the broadband providers enjoy. Now the parties are trying to collect as many details as they can for the upcoming trial. On the one hand, the ISP is looking into the ownership of the thousand works for which it received 7 million DMCA requests and into the source code of the crawler used to spot the alleged infringements. On the other hand, the two music publishers have requested details on the ISP’s policy towards repeat infringers and the financial data. Cox refused to provide the latter, saying that the request is too broad.

As a result, the music publishers filed a motion asking the court to force the broadband provider to comply, insisting that the financial data is required to calculate damages and prove that the ISP profits from persistent piracy. Now it’s up to the court to decide how many of its financial secrets the ISP must reveal.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-04-05 13:28:37)
JediMaster5 avatarBravo Cox!

posted by (2015-04-05 21:04:11)
Solcis avatarThis will fail. Copyright cases are always designed to crush the little people. Go up against a big corporation like Cox and you'll lose every time. What that means is Cox will continue to hand over the details of "repeat infringers", but won't pay a dime from supposedly profiting at the expense of the MAFIAA. In other words, the same as it is right now.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanKittymenSunTurtle (2015-04-05 23:42:17)
Selsley avatartheyre an internet service provider, they make money by providing internet to people, how can they say they are making money from piracy? if people werent pirating the company would make the same money... they is in no way they are making extra money from pirates unless they are hosting sites. if i legally supplied guns, would i be up on manslaughter charges if some whacko went into a school and started shooting students? i think not.

posted by (2015-04-06 02:01:21)
No avatar@ Selsley. I agree plus Cox would lose money. If Cox lost "failure to disconnect 200,000 subscribers who are “repeat copyright infringers”. These 200,000 would move to another provider or quit downloading and pay for a lower price tier.Or worst case scenario Cox cuts off 200,000 paying customers. The copyright owners want it to go to court and force the issue.

posted by (2015-04-06 03:42:12)
screen_name100 avatarSo it's COX's fault that people steal? Why isn't the electric company being sued for supplying the power to these people to use their electronics? Or the property owners being subject to public domain for allowing it to happen on their property? Maybe the state or federal gov't for letting them pay taxes to maintain the constitutional freedoms they use when they aren't infringing on downloaded materials?

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