SummaryCompaniesLaw firmsRelated documentsAstound’s Grande Communications held chargeable for person infringementRecord label plaintiffs beforehand gained $1 billion from Cox in comparable case
(Reuters) – Web service supplier Astound Broadband’s Grande Communications Networks LLC should pay a gaggle of music labels $46.7 million after its person pirated over 1,400 copyrighted works, a federal jury in Austin, Texas, determined Thursday.
Common Music Group, Sony Music Leisure, Warner Information and different labels satisfied the jury that San Marcos, Texas-based Grande dedicated willful contributory copyright infringement by failing to behave towards subscribers who had been repeat infringers.
An lawyer for Grande didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The labels’ lawyer Andy Bart of Jenner & Block stated in an e mail that they had been “grateful that the jury acknowledged the important function that ISPs play in addressing piracy.”
Labels together with Common, Sony and Warner gained a $1 billion verdict in an identical lawsuit towards Cox Communications in Virginia in 2019. Cox’s enchantment of that verdict continues to be pending.
The labels have additionally sued a number of different ISPs for allegedly turning a blind eye to person piracy, together with Frontier Communications, Constitution Communications and RCN Corp.
Grande, which is now a part of Stonepeak Infrastructure Companions’ Princeton, New Jersey-based Astound, was sued by the labels in 2017. The lawsuit stated the labels personal rights to “the nice majority” of recordings bought within the U.S. from a few of the hottest musicians of all time, starting from Michael Jackson to Pink Floyd to Tony Bennett.
In line with the criticism, the labels despatched Grande notices of “a couple of million infringements” by hundreds of subscriber accounts that pirated music by way of BitTorrent software program. They accused Grande of failing to behave with a view to keep away from dropping income from infringing subscribers.
Grande instructed the courtroom that it was “merely an web service supplier and by no means induced or inspired anybody to infringe.” It additionally argued the labels’ notices had been flawed and that their alleged damages had been extreme.
The case is UMG Recordings Inc v. Grande Communications Networks LLC, U.S. District Courtroom for the Western District of Texas, No. 1:17-cv-00365.
For Grande: Richard Brophy of Armstrong Teasdale
For the labels: Andrew Bart of Jenner & Block
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