Bloomberg Law
Dec. 20, 2019, 8:10 PMUpdated: Dec. 20, 2019, 10:25 PM

Cox’s $1 Billion Copyright Loss Is ‘Wake-Up Call’ to ISPs (1)

Kyle Jahner
Kyle Jahner
IP Reporter

A $1 billion infringement award against Cox Communications Inc. is a warning to other internet service providers of the potential cost of not following copyright laws for third-party platforms, practitioners say.

The jury verdict awarded music industry companies nearly $100,000 for each of more than 10,000 that songs it said were willfully infringed. The court found internal Cox emails indicated the company disregarded its responsibilities under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

“The case should certainly be a clear signal and a wake-up call to the ISPs on the need to comply,” said Scott Wilkens, a copyright partner at Wiley Rein ...

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