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Music Labels Sue Charter, Complain That High Internet Speeds Fuel Piracy

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Jon Brodkin, writing at Ars Technica:

    The music industry is suing Charter Communications, claiming that the cable Internet provider profits from music piracy by failing to terminate the accounts of subscribers who illegally download copyrighted songs. The lawsuit also complains that Charter helps its subscribers pirate music by selling packages with higher Internet speeds.

    While the act of providing higher Internet speeds clearly isn’t a violation of any law, ISPs can be held liable for their users’ copyright infringement if the ISPs repeatedly fail to disconnect repeat infringers.

  2. Davjs


    This lost me here. Is it just me or is this stretching a bit?
  3. DandonTRJ

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    A more sensible construction of this argument would be that Charter fails to terminate repeat infringers because they are often customers who subscribe to more expensive high-speed packages -- ergo, Charter has a perverse incentive to keep them around. The actual legal violation is still failure to abide by the DMCA. This just helps sell the story by explaining why they did what they did.

    As the Ars Technica piece notes, this basically just a follow-on case from BMG v. Cox.
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  4. joey-wan kenobi Mar 26, 2019
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