Label claims ISPs turned a blind eye to profits
Frontier Communications, an ISP that serves nearly 3 million customers, has been sued by record labels from Warner, Sony and Universal for not taking action against its users for allegedly pirating musicVia Ars Technica)
Record Label allegation in his complaint (PDF) that Frontier not only repeatedly failed to disconnect pirates, but it encouraged and profited from the result by advertising the ability to “download 10 songs in 3.5 seconds”. The labels also allege that Frontier ignored the theft of its customers to collect subscription fees, adding that ISPs value profit over legal responsibility.
Frontier denies wrongdoing, telling ledge It has terminated customers after the copyright holders complained. The ISP’s plan is to “defend itself out loud”.
The lawsuit, which was filed in New York state, seeks damages from Frontier for its customers, who have infringed nearly 3,000 copyrighted works after ISPs repeatedly pointed out their infringement. pirated songs list (PDF) contains thank you nex by Ariana Grande, ledge (no relation to this publication) by Owl City, and Rich Rich As Fuck Featuring 2 Chainz by Lil Wayne.
The labels are seeking $300,000 per infringement, which would put ISPs on the hook for more than $850 million. Notably, Frontier Communications Chapter 11 emerged from bankruptcy Last month – Paying that much in losses would not bode well for any company, but especially one that is exiting that position.
Warner, Sony and Universal have also sued other ISPs such as Charter and Cox on similar grounds, winning a $1 billion prize from the latter (though that is the case). still going through the appeals process) and over the past 20 years, the music industry has tried various methods to curb online piracy, from to sue individuals Working with an ISP to set up the Strike system.
The approaches have not been particularly effective and have largely been abandoned, and the strategy to prosecute ISPs working to prevent music piracy is difficult to predict. and, as Ars Technica tells, ISPs being forced to cut pirates can also affect others living with them, denying entire families access to a basic part of modern life.