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Music labels win $46.7 mln from internet provider in piracy trial

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  • Astound’s Grande Communications Responsible for User Infringement
  • Record label plaintiffs previously won $1 billion from Cox in similar lawsuits

(Reuters) – Internet service provider Astound Broadband’s Grande Communications Networks LLC has to pay a group of music labels $46.7 million after users pirated more than 1,400 copyrighted works. and a federal jury in Austin, Texas, decided Thursday.

Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Records, and other labels have told jurors that San Marcos, Texas-based Grande Inc. was guilty of willful and deliberate failure to take action against its subscribers for repeated copyright infringements. was convinced that he had committed contributory copyright infringement.

An attorney for Grande did not immediately respond to a request for comment. I am grateful that the jury confirmed it.”

Labels such as Universal, Sony and Warner won a $1 billion judgment in a similar case against Cox Communications in Virginia in 2019. Cox’s appeal of that ruling is still pending.

The label also sued several other ISPs, including Frontier Communications, Charter Communications and RCN Corp., for turning a blind eye to user copyright infringement.

Grande, now part of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners’ Astound in Princeton, New Jersey, sued The lawsuit says the label owns the rights to the “majority” of recordings sold in the US from some of the most popular musicians of all time, from Michael Jackson to Pink Floyd to Tony Bennett. rice field.

According to the complaint, the label sent Grande notices for “more than one million infringements” by thousands of subscriber accounts that pirated music via BitTorrent software. They accused Grande of failing to act to avoid losing revenue from infringing subscribers.

Grande Said The court said it was “just an internet service provider and never induced or encouraged anyone to infringe.” It also argued that the label’s notice was flawed and that the alleged damages were excessive.

The case is UMG Recordings Inc v. Grande Communications Networks LLC, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, No. 1:17-cv-00365.

For Grande: Armstrong Teasdale’s Richard Brophy

Label: Jenner & Block’s Andrew Bart

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