Charter Settles Piracy Liability Lawsuits With Major Record Labels
Charter Communications and several major record labels have settled their lawsuits over the ISP’s handling of repeat copyright infringers. The deal was signed around the same time that the ISP’s daughter company Bright House settled its case. No further details are available but with hundreds of millions of dollars in damages at stake, negotiations must have been tough.
In March of 2019, several major record labels sued Charter Communications, one of the largest Internet providers in the US with 26 million subscribers.
Helped by the RIAA, Capitol Records, Warner Bros, Sony Music, and other music companies accused Charter of deliberately turning a blind eye to its pirating subscribers.
Among other things, they argued that the ISP failed to terminate or otherwise take meaningful action against the accounts of repeat infringers, even though it was well aware of them. As such, the music companies said Charter was liable for both contributory infringement and vicarious liability.
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